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Nestor P. Burgos, Jr., of the Philippine Inquirer, wrote an article about SELDA and BAYAN activists unveiling sculptures in remembrance of the disappeared in Iloilo and other regions in the Philippines:
Families and friends of missing activists have erected a concrete sculpture in Oton town in Iloilo where missing activists Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado were abducted five years ago.
The sculpture, consisting of three totems 2 to 3 meters tall with a diameter of 50 centimeters each, was unveiled on Aug. 31 to mark the International Day of the Disappeared, along the national highway in Barangay Cabanbanan in Oton town, about 7 kilometers from this city.
Dominado was the regional spokesperson of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, an organization of former political detainees. Arado was chair of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan for Panay Island and leader of the farmers organization Pamanggas.
[Posas] said the families believed that the marker also symbolizes the continued hope that they would be surfaced.
“This is not just about my sister and Nilo. This is for all the victims and their families who feel the same way that we do,” Posa said.