“Nobody deserves this unending longing and pain.” MANILA – Relatives of the disappeared have once again gathered on Nov. 2 at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, Baclaran for their yearly traditional commemoration of All Soul’s Day. They carried not only candles and flowers to offer…
PARA KAY MANDING Ni LIGAYA PORTAJADA Sa aking pagpikit, pagdilat ng mata Ang aking hanap, ikaw aking sinta Di na maidlip itong aking diwa Hinanap na kita, nang ikaw ay mawala. Hinanap kita sa mga himpilan ng pulis Pati sa mga punerarya, itinaloglog kong pilit Ngunit pawang ako’y bigo: itong aking nais na muling makita,…
By DEE AYROSO
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“Neri Colmenares has always supported our call for justice…We want him in the senate.”
With no cemetery or columbarium to visit, the relatives instead laid the photographs of their loved ones on the ground, lighting candles and offering white flowers.
“The scriptwriters of these lists could care less about whether these persons are already dead or reported missing, so long as they can cover a wide range of activists and rights defenders to implicate.”
“This 2018, we hope that the case against Palparan be finally resolved soon. The case has been running since 2014, and it has been a long ordeal for us and all of Palparan’s victims. We want to see him in jail this year.”
“State terrorism and repression has taken away our family members, who were labeled ‘enemies of the state.’”
President Duterte’s fellow Mindanawons – the Moro and Lumad – are among the many recently disappeared.
Two Lumad, a Moro child and a peasant woman went missing in the past year.