Burgos camp eyes new complaint vs acquitted Army officer


Posted at Oct 12 2017 02:07 PM

MANILA - The fight for justice over the disappearance of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos continues despite the acquittal of an Army officer tagged in the case. 

Speaking with ANC Thursday, Burgos family lawyer Ed Olalia said they are considering the filing of an enforced disappearance case against Maj. Harry A. Baliaga Jr. who was acquitted by a Quezon City court.

"We are going to study seriously the legal opinion that despite the acquittal of Major Baliaga considering the legal limitations that we were confronted with, we can still file a case for enforced disappearance which was enacted in 2009," he said.

The lawyer stressed that the "Desaparacidos Law" which was signed in 2012 considers enforced or involuntary disappearance a continuing crime. 

The court cited weak evidence and witnesses without personal knowledge of the incident in its decision to acquit Baliaga, who was the lone person accused of abducting Burgos. 

Olalia is appealing to the Army officer to tell everything he knows about the disappearance of Burgos 10 years ago, as the family continues to search for justice.

"We are appealing to Major Baliaga to tell everything not only where Jonas is but also his co-conspirators because he is just a major, which is very low down the ladder of command responsibility," he said.