Sack intel chief, Aquino urged

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After the Court of Appeals decision holding the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) responsible for Jonas Burgos’ enforced disappearance, President Aquino must remove from office and investigate top military officials implicated in the incident, according to Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.

“Other officials who were implicated in the Burgos enforced disappearance, particularly Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año, must also be investigated… After the Court of Appeals decision, President Noynoy must immediately sack and prosecute Año and other military officials involved in human rights violations,” Colmenares said in a statement.

Jonas’ mother Edita had protested the President’s appointment of Año as the chief of the Intelligence Service of the AFP last December.

Año headed the intelligence operations of the Philippine Army when Jonas was abducted in 2007. Edita eventually filed a complaint against him and other military officials in the Department of Justice for her son’s disappearance.

Jonas, an agriculturist and the son of the late press freedom icon Jose Burgos, was taken by several men from a restaurant in a Quezon City mall on April 28, 2007 and has not been seen since.

Colmenares said others who should also be held accountable for Jonas’ disappearance include the Judge Advocate General’s Office that withheld the report on the case, the police who refused to conduct an investigation, the fiscals who refused to prosecute and others who did not act in pursuit of

justice.

He said the Court of Appeals ruling gave weight to the earlier findings of United Nations special rapporteur Philip Alston that the military was responsible for the spate of extrajudicial killings of activists in the country. Alston had attributed the killings to the military’s operations against communist insurgents.

“I hope this will serve as a step forward towards the prosecution of those responsible for the thousands of victims of human rights violations and for justice to dawn upon the families who were left suffering for so many years,” the lawmaker added.

Colmenares also dared the Philippine Army to cooperate with the courts and to compel Maj. Harry Baliaga to face the complaints against him in relation to Burgos’ disappearance.

The appeals court said in its decision that the Philippine Army, as well as Baliaga, was responsible for Burgos’ disappearance. But even before the ruling came out, Edita already filed a criminal complaint against Baliaga and top armed forces officials before the Department of Justice.

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  • koaks2

    wala rin mangyayari

  • $19543087

    Most of the high ranking military officials involved in this crime are mostly if not all are PMA graduates. What is the military academy producing? The existence of this academy is dependent upon taxpayers money. If this military academy cannot produce graduates who are honest & dedicated in preserving the lives of Filipino people, then we have to abolish this institution. This is a failed institution & should be destroyed! Truth is there are a lot of graduates who brought shame, indignity, immorality & senseless calousness in the performance of their duty. SAME ON YOU PMA’ers.

  • YoungGen

    Isa pa itong govt branch na ito. Counter development din ito. Needs clean-up din. Madami corruption dito.

  • pedro Bato

    President Noynoy, this intelligence chief should be investigated in connection with the disappearance of Jonas Burgos. . .the truth must come out. . . you can do it because the Filipino people are supporting you. .

  • $20926843

    Colmenares is asking for the moon if he thinks that this present inutile and autistic president will heed his call to sack and investigate the present ISAFP Chief. Gen Ano has the trust and confidence of this inutile president that is why he was appointed in this very sensitive position in the AFP.

  • doublecross

    bkt walang nangyari sa kasong eto, may witness naman.

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