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.

    • etobsify

      it’s either you are a frustrated PMA cadet or a discharged cadet.

      • Magsasaka

        it’s either you are an ignoramus who knows nothing about reality or an !diot relative of a member of philippine magnanakaw association

    • jeposky

      Sabihin na natin na tama ka na lot of PMA graduates brought same, etc, pero di sapat na dahilan ito para maging failed institution. Pano na lang ang ibang institution tulad ng PUP, na estudyante pa lang aktibista na? Failed institution na rin ba ito? Do it need to be destroyed? Think about it….

      • kaddy

        I abolish narin ang UP dahil karamihan ng aktibista at kumunista ay nag-aral at nanggalin diyan.Our institutions are failing, because STATE, SOCIETY and RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS (our respective religious bodies or organizations) do not have dynamic and positive interaction process that produces an environment of internalizing values, ethics and moorings for a self-conscious Filipino individual who is upright, responsible, accountable, caring, honest, even without a higher authority guiding or commanding him.

        Perhaps, we need a ‘command society”. But ours is a “convoluted” command society, with thousands of “Security Guards” stationed in gates and doors of buildings frisking people like criminals or terrorists. Very insulting and demeaning. In Bangladesh, a very poor country, has no such system.

    • NAGMAMARUNONG

      mga communists galit na galit sa military. kung kayo ay tama, bakit ay namundok kayo? nagtatago, nanggugulo, abusado aber?

      • $19543087

        Sorry, I am not a communist! Communism serves no purpose at all except the misery that people suffer from it.

    • Magsasaka

      ano maasahan natin sa mga member ng philippines magnanakaw association?
      sabagay ganyan talaga siguro ang orientation ng mga duwagis na iyan ang pumatay ng mga walang laban

    • SMEjhong

      you mean..SHAME on you PMA’ers? – just saying

  • 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.

  • farmerpo

    Ilks of Palparan. Nasaan na si bossing Palparan? The AFP, should, motu propio, investigate and act on this pronto.

  • felix1959

    Tinatawagan ang mga graduate ng PMA, alam namin na marami pa rin naman sa inyo ang matitino at may pagmamahal sa bayan. Tulungan natin ang ating pamahalaan na linisin ang inyong hanay. Kayo ang pag asa ng ating minamahal na Pilipinas!

  • brando alejandro

    Fishing expedition. Wala naman ebidensiya.

  • kismaytami

    Asa pa kay abnoy, na-promote nga eh…

  • tonygadoy

    If Burgos has links with the communist, then it should be a sigh of relief for us. The military has done their job. The communist party has done too much damage against the citizenry.

  • randyaltarejos

    There is a need to change the Constitution. Some people can’t seem to understand that all Filipinos are entitled to due process. I’m not saying that I’m siding with the communists or with the military and police operatives. Kaya nga when it comes to court hearings, most of the cases filed by the police and the military against criminals do not prosper in the courts of law because of technicalities. They don’t read the Miranda Rights of the arrested criminals. Worse is that some criminals just disappear without a trace.

  • Ronnie Santos

    well kung hindi sya member ng kkk baka pwede pang masibak otherwise hehehehehe.

  • JasonBieber

    PNoy will do what he wants to do and only what he wants to do. If he wants someone sacked whether or not it is warranted the person will be sacked just take a look at the governor of Cebu but if he wants a person to stay in a position whether or not it makes sense it will be…just take a look at Padaca.

  • espada1964

    for the sake of argument, sinong PMAer ang malinis at walang bahid ng dumi na pwede natin ipagmalaki? yung hindi nasama sa kahit anong kudeta o iskandalo? curious lang po

  • JasonBieber

    Human rights doesn’t seem to exist in the Philippines or at least it is just another issue part of the long list of issues that have been ignored by PNoy.

    Maybe the intel chief gets sacked but if he is PNoy KKK then don’t get your hopes up. Personnel is just one of the problems but a big part of it is the entire system not being reformed or fixed by PNoy

  • indiosbravos2002

    Yan mga Martial law tactics na yan, hindi na kumikita sa Aquino admin. Palparan, Marantan ngayon si Ano. Kung dati bida kayo, ngayon kulong na.

  • John atm

    Human rights my but t… Kaya dumadami mga criminal at NPA kasi may suporter silang Human Rights kuno… Common …

  • maj0_rimbaud

    this is a good sign, we as a nation is moving. sometimes it’s a bit slow, but moving. one way for this country to move is for ordinary filipinos to move and act. mabuti na lang at di pinabayaan ni ms.burgos or else,mabaon to sa limot. kumusta na rin kaya ang mga euro generals?

  • $14334231

    regardless if this jonas burgos is a communist supporter, or an actual member for that matter, is out of the question….the question really here is: “where is he, and why was he handpicked by the soldiers???…..many communists are captured or arrested and are put in jail, but what made jonas different from the rest??…did he do something terrible that the military became so furious of him….but why is the military mum about his disappearance….if the military has the facts that jonas is a communist or a supporter (to say the least), why grab him with so many people watching…was it a form of bravado or a hint not to f@#k around with men in uniform?….my hunch?…you be the judge…..

  • disqusted0fu

    Mr. President, what’s happening with your people??? Being the Commander in Chief, you should be on top of your men, not literally of course. But seriously, who’s going to protect your bosses if the ones designated for their safety and protection are involved in such crimes like this???

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