AFP vows cooperation in Jonas Burgos case

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This photo posted on freejonasburgosmovement.blogspot.com was allegedly taken after Jonas Burgos was abducted in 2007.

MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines will cooperate to higher authorities should their service be needed as the family of missing activist Jonas Burgos asked the Supreme Court to re-open the case surrounding his disappearance in 2007.

“It is well within their constitutional rights to file such motion in the proper court. Rest assured that we will continue to monitor the developments of the case, and we will remain open shall the higher civilian authority requires our cooperation and service,” military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said in a statement Monday.

The spokesman also reiterated that the AFP “does not tolerate” unlawful acts.

“The AFP submits to the legal processes, adheres to the rule of law and continues to uphold and respect human rights,” he added.

Meanwhile, the military has also yet to receive a copy of the Court of Appeals ruling on March 18, confirming that it was an enforced disappearance and government security forces were held accountable.

“The AFP condemns any act of violation of the basic and constitutional rights of individuals. We are doing every necessary step to ensure that all our personnel strictly follow the AFP rules, regulations and policy which are consistent with the internationally accepted agreements and laws,” the AFP said in a statement.

Edita Burgos, mother of Jonas, said in her petition Monday that she received new documentary evidence showing that an intelligence unit of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division and the 56th Infantry Battalion operating together abducted him on April 28, 2007, along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

“The newly discovered evidence will prove that the officers and enlisted personnel of the particular unit of the 7th Infantry Division and the 56th Infantry Brigade are responsible for the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos; that these units captured and interrogated him and based on the same evidence, could probably continue to detain him or God forbid, had disposed of him in the manner that only they could explain,” part of the petition stated.

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  • kipbuts

    The public is also interested on the retired AFP General, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo decorated anti-NPA military officer and former Bantay Partylist
    Congressman, Jovito Salvana Palaparan Jr. This rabid anti-communist man must be brought to court to clean his name from several allegations.

  • charlie_oscar

    I am reminded of an Indonesian activist Munir Thalib who was murdered (by poisoning his food in 1st class) on a Garuda 747 flight by government operative who was also a Garuda 747 pilot. Jakarta to Amsterdam/

  • farmerpo

    We the people, would appreciate it very much indeed if the AFP clean up its ranks. Uphold the integrity of the AFP by flushing out the bad elements, MISTAH notwithstanding. The Philippines is heading for the direction of integrity thru credibility, we hope that the AFP will be at the forefront and set examples so that it will gain the moral ascendancy to be a model to other government branches. A good, respected protector need not have a gun or a club to be effective.

  • AllaMo

    Hard not to be cynical re this afp pronouncement. Parbly only following the dictum of keeping ones “enemies” closer, eh wot.

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