By RONALYN OLEA
The families of the victims and their supporters have expressed fear of a possible whitewash with the report of the Department of Justice and National Bureau of Investigation clearing the military of any responsibility.
By RONALYN V. OLEA
The NPA said its guerrillas were not in the area where Leonard Co and two others were killed. It said it did not venture into the area because it was disadvantageous. “It is too heavily guarded by the 19th IB, the police, paramilitary and private security guards. Why would the NPA put itself at unnecessary risk when there are far better options for launching a tactical offensive?”
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“He has issued statements on matters like floods, the rising number of carnapping cases, environmental concerns, but he has yet to make a single comment on Leonard’s murder. Leonard has done much for the Philippines, but he was killed by soldiers. Why is President Aquino not saying anything?” said Bobby Austria, Co’s brother in-law.
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
During the first public hearings into the deaths of Leonard Co and company conducted by the Commission on Human Rights, soldiers admitted that fired their weapons at the direction of the three victims but at the same time denied having killed them.
By RICHARD R. GAPPI Bulatlat.com (In memory of botanist and U.P. Prof. Leonard Co, Sofronio Cortez and Julius Borromeo) We have felt the most painful poem: the “Pasyon” inscribed on trees. Those trees at the heart of the forest which thirst for a drop of justice Those trees looking up, imploring whose leafy hands wave…