Desaparecidos, or the missing, are made to appear again in painted portraits.
Honor Ayroso and Johnny Orcino were both former student activists and political detainees. They were peasant organizers when they were disappeared 13 years ago today.
“It is amazing how, an injustice, whether this be an extrajudicial killing, an enforced disappearance or torture, gives birth to people who would have otherwise lived a different life, but had now taken up the cudgels for the killed, the disappeared and the tortured.” – Edita Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos
“We cannot just sit back and allow such injustices to continue.”– Desaparecidos
Asked why the Aquino government does not want to ratify the law, human rights lawyer Edre Olalia said that probably one of the reasons why the government is hesitant to ratify the convention is that once it does, it would be incumbent upon it to allow visits of special rapporteurs in the country.
“For us families of the disappeared, unless and until Palparan is arrested and faces the court, President Aquino becomes part of the cover up to protect the Butcher. He thus, becomes part of the continuing crime of enforced disappearance and should be liable under the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act.”
By BULATLAT STAFF
Until now, there is no existing law in the Philippines criminalizing enforced disappearances despite the fact that hundreds — from the time of Marcos dictatorship until the present administration — have been abducted and remain missing.
By BULATLAT STAFF
Five years ago today, Jonas Joseph Burgos was abducted by suspected state security agents at a busy mall in Quezon City. From that day until this very moment, his family and friends continue searching for him despite all the difficulties.
Families of the “desap” mount a photo exhibit, light candles for their missing loved ones
(Photos by Anne Marxze D. Umil)
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com MANILA — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police failed to present three of its witnesses during the Court of Appeals hearing on September 7, 2011 on Jonas Burgos’s enforced disappearance. “Just like what our lawyer told us, we were really not expecting that the…
By RONALYN V. OLEA
In her speech after the hearing, Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan called on President Benigno S. Aquino III, the commander in chief of the AFP, to pay attention to the cases of enforced disappearances. “These are serious crimes committed by the armed forces.”