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What went before: 1,838 desaparecidos since Marcos

/ 01:16 AM October 18, 2012

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.

Established in November 1985, FIND is a nongovernment organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It is a nationwide mass organization of families, relatives, friends and colleagues of the disappeared victims and surfaced desaparecidos that advocates human rights and participative empowerment.


The Marcos regime registered the highest number of “desaparecidos” with 878 documented victims from 1971 to 1986, followed by the Corazon Aquino administration with 614 cases. FIND documented 182 victims during the Arroyo administration, 94 victims during the Ramos administration, and 58 victims during the Estrada administration.

Under the current administration of President Aquino, FIND has documented 12 victims since 2010. Of the 12, seven are still missing, four have surfaced alive, and one was found dead.


The human rights group Karapatan has registered 11 cases of enforced disappearances since 2010—three from  Southern Tagalog, four from Western Visayas, three from Caraga Region, and one from Southern Mindanao.—Compiled by Marielle Medina, Inquirer Research

Sources: FIND, Karapatan

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