“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.
The next hearing on the case is on July 17.
When his mother was disappeared in 2006, Ipe Soco found his voice in writing, through which he continues to cry for justice for all desaparecidos.
“Do we light a candle fo him or do we offer flowers?”
“Until we see their bones in a grave, or we see them in prison, we will not stop searching.”