“We will still find Jonas.” — Edita Burgos
Tags: enforced disappearances
Two Lumad, a Moro child and a peasant woman went missing in the past year.
Victims of drug-related killings and other human rights violations came together in a tearful gathering.
“Until we see their bones in a grave, or we see them in prison, we will not stop searching.”
“What has happened to our loved ones? Are they being treated well? Are they being fed? Are they still alive? Have they been killed?”
Jonas’s brother Jose Luis or JL Burgos was supposed to testify in court as the fifth prosecution witness. Earlier, however, the defense objected to JL Burgos taking the witness stand.
“Amidst the din and reverie of the past holidays and some mercurial election inanities, we were glad to learn that the trial court correctly denied Gen. Palparan’s delusional bid to be granted bail.”
Mrs. Burgos, who has held the AFP accountable for the April 2007 abduction of her son Jonas, said the failure of the troops to explain their presence cannot but create suspicion and alarm.
“He spoke with a forked tongue even on the witness stand, and remorselessly justified his worn-out anti-communist bigotry to sanction his and his men’s actions amounting to heinous rights violations and crimes against humanity.”
The mothers of the two missing UP students suspect “The Butcher” is seeking acquittal through a senate seat.
Judge Alexander Tamayo said he could go through the case files “all in a day’s work.”