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Edita Burgos: Army major covering up for higher-ups

JONAS Burgos

More than six years have passed since farmer-activist Jonas Burgos disappeared after he was reportedly seized by military men from a restaurant in Quezon City. His mother Edita, however, remains hopeful that she will be reunited with her son.   “I want to find him. Granting that it is God’s will that we will not [...]

Posted: November 12th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Court orders arrest of Army major in Jonas Burgos abduction

WHERE’S JONAS?  After almost six years of fruitless search, this photo of Jonas Burgos, reportedly taken days after he was abducted, has surfaced, with the handkerchief used as blindfold still around his neck.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

It was a restaurant busboy’s word against that of a military officer.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Ringing phone keeps hope alive for missing coed’s ma


University of the Philippines coeds Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño have been missing for seven years now, but Cadapan’s mother says her daughter’s mobile phone still rings when she dials it, giving her hope the two may still be alive.

Posted: January 6th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Law bans hit list of gov’t enemies


The military is now prohibited from issuing a hit list—officially called “order of battle”—with the enactment of a law against enforced disappearances, Malacañang said on Saturday.

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Aquino set to enact law giving hope to ‘desaparecidos’

President Aquino: In campaign mode FILE PHOTO

It will soon be a law. Abduction by the state or by its agents is a crime. The Philippines becomes the first country in Asia to define enforced disappearance as a separate criminal offense.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

Kin of ‘desaparecidos’ mark ‘Undas’ with hope, despair

Families of the disappeared release balloons on Nov. 2, 2012, at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido outside Redemptorist Church in Baclaran, Parañaque City.  A month after the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act went into effect on Jan. 13, 2013, the government has promulgated the Implementing Rules and Regulations, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.  PHOTO BY JAYMEE GAMIL

While most Filipinos fondly relived the memories of their dearly departed on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, families of desaparecidos remained in suspension, “swinging between hope and despair.”

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Metro,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Aquino urged to sign bill on ‘desaparecidos’ immediately

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Lawmakers and human rights watchdogs on Thursday urged President Aquino to immediately sign a bill penalizing “enforced disappearances” to allow the government to go after those behind the abductions of activist Jonas Burgos, students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, and other people.

Posted: October 19th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

What went before: 1,838 desaparecidos since Marcos

As of June 2012, the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) had documented 1,838 cases of enforced disappearances since the Marcos regime. Of this number, 1,147 are still missing, 435 have surfaced alive, and 256 were found dead.

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Kin of ‘desaparecidos’ keep up fight

THIS PHOTO of police brutality on protesters is among those displayed in the exhibit, “Himagsik at Protesta,” put up by Karapatan at the University of the Philippines Library until Sept. 21 for the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial rule. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY TONETTE OREJAS

At 92, Cecilia Castelar-Lagman died on Aug. 13 without finding her son, Hermon, a labor and human rights lawyer during martial rule.

Posted: September 19th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Relatives continue search for 3 men who disappeared in NAIA Terminal 3

Najir Gumuntul Ahung, 38; Rasdie Bisita Kasaran, 21; and Yusup Cadlus Mohammad, 21. Screengrab from http://www.find.org.ph

As the world observed International Day of the Disappeared on Thursday, the families of three men from the town of Al Barka in Basilan continued to wonder how the trio could have disappeared from such a well-secured place as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 3 seven months ago.

Posted: August 30th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Palparan trial to start Aug. 6, but court says fugitive must yield


The trial of retired Major General Jovito Palparan in connection with the abduction of two University of the Philippines students will begin on August 6, but the Bulacan regional trial court wants the fugitive general and another soldier to surface because they could not be tried in absentia.

Posted: July 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Jonas Burgos case: 3 generals, major show up at hearing


A year after being charged for the disappearance of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, three retired generals and an Army major appeared at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday for the first preliminary investigation hearing of the case.

Posted: June 9th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Edita Burgos: I just want to know the truth about my son

Jonas Burgos

Throughout the five years that she has been searching for her “disappeared” son, Edita Burgos says she has already scaled down her expectations, from calling for justice to just wanting to find out the truth about what happened to him.

Posted: April 27th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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