Today is the International Day of the Disappeared.
Bulatlat.com is reposting some of the stories written about the desaparecidos or victims of enforced disappearances.
Until now, there is no existing law in the Philippines criminalizing enforced disappearances despite the fact that hundreds — from the time of Marcos dictatorship until the present administration — have been abducted and remain missing.
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Jonas Burgos may have been forcibly taken away from his loved ones but for five years now, his family and friends have never stopped searching for him. Their memories of him remain vivid, keeping their hopes alive. (Click here to continue)
Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan: Fates Intertwined by a Desire to Serve the Masses
In a perfect world, Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan never would have met. The atrocity that befell them, a most horrendous fate, never would have happened. And they never would have stood now as a testament to the rot that is eating away at the core of this country. (Click here to continue)
The Cruelty of Enforced Disappearances: An Abhorrent Crime Against Humanity
They are victims of the same abhorrent acts, although three decades apart. One has searched for a sister, the other is still looking for his parents. One shared the same belief as his sister, the other could not fully understand his parents’ work. But whether it happened during Martial Law or now that we are supposedly under a democracy, whether the relative is a sister, a brother, or a parent, or whether one is an activist or not, the pain one feels in having his or her relative forcibly disappeared by state security agents is still the same; it does not diminish the cruel effects of the crime.(Click here to continue)
Families and friends of Rogelio Calubad, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) who was abducted with his son three months ago, commemorated with songs and speeches, on the occasion of his birthday, his self-less dedication and contributions to the Filipino people.(Click here to continue)