No body but grieving: Kin of missing people light candles, offer prayers

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 02 2018 03:52 PM

Erlinda Cadapan failed to hold back tears during a program in front of the Quiapo Church remembering the "desaparecidos." Her daughter, Sherlyn Cadapan, was accused of being a communist rebel and has been missing since 2006. Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Erlinda Cadapan, mother of UP student Sherlyn Cadapan, broke into tears in front of the Quiapo church as she and her fellow family members of “desaparecidos” (the disappeared) remembered their lost loved ones on Friday, All Souls Day.

Though unsure if their relatives are already dead or still suffering in captivity, families lit candles, and offered flowers and prayers.

Cadapan said it still pains her even if the convicted perpetrators of the abduction of her daughter in 2006, including former Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, are already imprisoned.

“Hindi po ako natutuwa na ang berdugong Palparan ay nasa loob na ng kulungan, na siya po ay mamatay sa kulungan hanggang sasabihin nila kung saan kung ano ang ginawa nila sa aming mga anak,” Cadapan said. 

(I am not happy that Palparan is imprisoned, that he will die in jail unless they admit what they did to our daughters.)

Edita Burgos, whose son activist Jonas Burgos went missing in 2007 was among those who remembered their missing family members.

Edita Burgos, whose son activist Jonas Burgos went missing in 2007, speaks at the event outside the Quiapo Church. Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Consolacion Torres, whose husband is the latest desaparecido in the Duterte administration, also offered prayers. 

Her husband, Joey Torres, Sr., a regional coordinator for peasants in Central Luzon of the militant group Bayan Muna, went missing last September 22 in Nueva Ecija. 

“Naikot na namin ang buong Central Luzon, yung malalaking kampo hanggang dito sa National Capital Region pero itinatanggi nila na hawak nila ang aking asawa,” Torres said. 

(We've gone around Central Luzon, the big camps even up to here in the National Capital Region, but they denied holding my husband.)

Flowers and candles surround photos of individuals who are still missing. Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

The group Karapatan listed 6 enforced disappearances in the current administration: Davis Mogul, Maki Bail, Saypudin Rascal, Lora Manipis, Jerel Domingo, and Joey Torres, Sr.