“The mere fact that such safe houses existed further proves that there are ‘unofficial’ military camps where people are held incommunicado and deprived of their rights.”
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Two staff members of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)-Southern Tagalog were taken by soldiers and policemen, August 5, and remain missing to this day. In a statement sent through email, NDFP-Laguna said Jesus Abetria, 50, and his staff, Restituto Galicia, 27, were abducted by members of…
Justice department holds preliminary hearing on criminal cases filed by Burgos family against military
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
“I want to believe that there is hope.” – Mrs. Edita Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas
By RONALYN V. OLEA
Elke Bacalso was abducted on September 8. He is not even an activist, but he is the son of a former political detainee and he campaigned for Kabataan Party-list during the recent elections.
Does Leoncio Pitao, alias Commander Parago of the New People’s Army (NPA), have enough reasons to believe that the military is behind the abduction, torture and killing of her daughter Rebelyn? Those whose family members became victims to get back at them or to force them to capitulate think so. They believe it is part of the military’s dirty tactics, which the military has been employing since the time of the Marcos dictatorship.
After being missing for six days, an abducted Moro activist was found in Camp Crame, slapped anew with kidnapping charges already dismissed in 2005. A human rights leader expressed fears that a police crackdown on Moros has been launched, yet again. BY DEE AYROSO HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat For six days, Ahmad Hamja had desperately…