This story was taken from Bulatlat, the Philippines's alternative weekly newsmagazine (, www.bulatlat.net, www.bulatlat.org).
Vol. VI, No. 14, May 14-20, 2006


MISSING: DOJ�s Rebel No. 23

His name appearing as No. 23 in the Department of Justice (DOJ) list of 51 individuals charged with rebellion, Phillip Limjoco disappeared on May 8 and remains missing to this day. Limjoco�s disappearance came more than two months after the declaration of Presidential Proclamation No. 1017 on Feb. 24 putting the country under a state of national security.

BY BULATLAT

His name appearing as No. 23 in the Department of Justice (DOJ) list of 51 individuals charged with rebellion, Phillip Limjoco disappeared on May 8 and remains missing to this day.

Limjoco�s disappearance came more than two months after the declaration of Presidential Proclamation No. 1017 on Feb. 24 putting the country under a state of national security.

Beleaguered President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared PP 1017 after top military officials announced on the same day they thwarted a plot to topple the administration. The foiled coup, military officials later said, was a handiwork of rightist and leftist rebels.

Three days after, on Feb. 27, the DOJ came out with a list of 51 individuals charged with rebellion. The list included six party-list representatives and alleged leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Limjoco�s son, Glenn, reported his father�s disappearance to the human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples� Rights). In an interview with Bulatlat, Glenn said their family started to get worried about Limjoco�s condition after he failed to show up in their meeting place in the afternoon of May 8.

Glenn said their family suspects the military as behind his father�s disappearance. He also said their family noticed intelligence surveillance and received threats last year. Due to this, they filed a harassment case against the Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) on the same period.

�If the military has a case against my father, they have to present him to court and give him due process,� Glenn said.

Karapatan lists Limjoco�s case as the 16th enforced disappearance since January this year. Bulatlat

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