Dear Pope Francis, ¡Bienvenido a las Filipinas! Welcome to the Philippines! By now, I’m sure you’re already flooded with messages poured upon you by my fellow Filipinos. Thus, my voice will be just another amongst the crowd. My voice comes from a place of complex stories, identities, ideologies, and perspectives. I am an agnostic theist.…
Tags: enforced disappearances
“After his visit, our lives will remain the same… But at least our spirits would be uplifted.”
In this video, Justine Villeno, son of disappeared labor activist Ben Villeno, belies President Aquino’s promise of “daang matuwid” (straight path), saying that the government will not act in the interest of the kin and victims of human rights violations. Video and editing by Janess Ann J. Ellao
Julia Poloyapoy’s three sons were last seen with soldiers during military operations in Agusan del Sur. One turned up dead, while two have been missing for almost month.
“In the name of God who is just, please grant justice to the missing.”
“It has been four years and so far we have nothing but motions. Palparan may be long gone but this case would be far from over.” – Concepcion Empeño, mother of disappeared UP student Karen
By TILDE ACUNA
After the prosecution presented several eyewitnesses in the abduction of Karen and Sherlyn, the defense was given several opportunities to present their own witnesses. Not one has been presented since.
Ni LOUISE VINCENT B. AMANTE Bulatlat.com “With Malacanang’s tough branding of human rights violations as leftist propaganda, are the authorities now saying that I will never see my son again?” – Edita Burgos, ina ni Jonas Burgos na ngayo’y desaparecido Edita, Sa mga tulad mong lahat ng gabi’y hindi oras ng pagtulog muli lang masilayan…
“The military cannot say that they do not have the money to transport their witnesses. It has all the resources—helicopters, tanks and all kinds of vehicles—and a huge budget. It is their duty to bring their witnesses without delay.” – Mrs. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn