Desaparecidos: Under Duterte regime, culture of impunity favors the butcher even in jail

Desaparecidos laments the Court’s decision to deny the motion to transfer the convicted butcher Jovito Palparan from the Directorate for Reception and Diagnostics or DRD to the maximum security cell in the National Penitentiary.  “Under the Duterte regime

On the 13th year of Jonas Burgos’ Abduction: May Justice be Served!

“In a just universe, Jonas Burgos’ abductors should be in jail now and not leading a crucial government agency and heading the government’s task force to save lives from COVID-19,” says Erlinda Cadapan, chairperson of Desaparecidos, the organization of

Desaparecidos slams Año appointment as AFP chief of staff

An organization of families of the disappeared expressed disgust over the recent appointment of Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, calling it “a clear manifestation of impunity, when human rights violators escape prosecution and are instead rewarded for their crimes against the Filipino people.”

Open Letter to Pres. Duterte

Dear Mr. President,

Much has been said about Ferdinand Marcos and his betrayal of the people’s trust as highest official of the land — he sold out our patrimony; he plundered the country; he ruled with terror; his regime, marked with thousands of human rights violations — you know it all, as we do.

Martial Law victims, kin on National Heroes’ Day: #MarcosNoHero #SurfaceDesaparecidos

“The best way to observe National Heroes’ Day this time around is to gather together and denounce the scheme to foist upon the Filipino people the fraudulent heroism of the late, unlamented Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos is no hero; he is, in fact, a heel – and that is an understatement,” Bonifacio Ilagan, convenor of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang, said. Ilagan’s sister Rizalina were among those abducted and disappeared during the Marcos dictatorship.  

Open Letter to President-elect Rody Duterte from a daughter of a desaparecido

June 8, 2016

Dear President Duterte, 
I once heard you call your daughter drama queen. My father would probably say the same for me. I was not raped, but my father is a desaparecido for nine years now, which brings out the drama queen in me. 

I am Aya Santos, daughter of Leo Velasco, a missing peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). 


DMCI-AFP collusion responsible for disappearance of Lumad leader Calaba--Desaparecidos

“The disappearance of John Calaba, a Dulangan Manobo, in the compound of the David M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI) in Brgy. Sabanal, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat is a product of the collusion between the powerful business group and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The DMCI company guards are part of, and trained by, the Armed Forces of the Philippines as Special Civilian Armed Auxilliary (SCAA),” said Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos). 

Desaparecidos to Pope: Disappearances destroyed our families

"Enforced disappearances have destroyed our families, the very foundation of a society and church. Children are left motherless or fatherless," Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice said upon hearing Pope Francis' speech at Malacañang and in his meeting with representatives of Filipino families. 

Mothers of missing UP activists asked Court of Appeals to order Palparan back to BJMP detention

"The battle for Palparan's real detention maybe far from his long sought conviction, but the mothers of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan do not compromise in every step of the way. And we are with them," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said. Their group, with the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL), announced today that mothers Linda Cadapan and Concepcion Empeno filed last Thursday, November 20, a Motion for Certiorari to the Court of Appeals.

Palparan released from jail—Desaparecidos

"The last ray of hope for justice has just been doused. Palparan is essentially freed, and Malacanang welcomes it," said Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice as the Malolos Regional Trial Court resolved to transfer Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan to Philippine Army Custodial Center.
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