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Kin of missing call on Aquino to stop enforced disappearances

Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of Karapatan, calls on Aquino to stop enforced disappearances (photo by Ronalyn V. Olea/Bulatlat).

Ronalyn V. Olea, for Bulatlat, writes an article on the International Day of the Disappeared which was on August 30th:

Sherly Pascual has searched long and hard for her husband, Roberto Sr., who has been missing for more than 24 years now. At dusk of April 7, 1988, four armed men had forcibly taken Roberto out of their house in Navotas.

Sherly went to government agencies, police stations, hospital morgues and anywhere else where Roberto could have possibly been taken. But she still could not find him.

Her husband was seized during the administration of the late president Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino. Today, as the world marked the International Day of the Disappeared, Sherly joined other relatives of the disappeared in a protest at Plaza Miranda, Manila.

“Nothing has changed,” Sherly told Bulatlat.com. “In two years of the Aquino administration, there are already 11 victims of enforced disappearances.”

The group cited as example the abduction of peasants from Magallona, Negros Occidental on July 19, 2011, by suspected members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Buncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB), a paramilitary group financed by the Aquino administration. The victims – Micheal Celeste, Jully Devero and Gerald Abale – remain missing to this day.

Desaparecidos blamed the government’s counter-insurgency program, the Oplan Bayanihan, for the continuing human rights violations.



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