Burgos family sees glimmer of hope in CHR report


Posted at Mar 20 2011 02:05 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2011 10:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The family of missing activist Jonas Burgos said their theory has been right all along, that the Philippine Army is involved in his abduction.

In a statement, Burgos’s mother Edita, said: “The evidence gathered by the [Commission on Human Rights] confirms our family’s theory that the Philippine Army is involved in the abduction of my son and elements of the police and military are covering up to hide the identity of the abductors and those involved.”

In its 49-page investigation report to the Supreme Court filed last week, the CHR said Army Lt. Harry Baliaga Jr. should be directed to produce Burgos, who has been missing for almost 4 years now.

It also recommended that he be charged with kidnapping and enforced disappearance. The filing is in compliance with an earlier directive by the SC.

“While we seem to have won this battle, the real measure of success is the recovery of my son. We shall continue the fight until Jonas is returned to us, alive and well and justice is served,” Edita said.

“We pray that there will be more witnesses who will surface. We appeal to those who had a hand in the abduction and the continued detention of Jonas, to come clean and face the consequences of their actions. It is better to make right a wrong that has been done while one still has the capacity to do it,” she added.

She also appealed to President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to order the military to release the documents pertaining to the abduction.

“You have always pronounced that the rule of law must prevail. As Commander-in-Chief, it is time to show the military that you will never condone any wrongdoing,” she said.