[In the news] Mothers of the missing: Search for children, justice won’t stop – Interaksyon.com
MANILA, Philippines – Saying no other mother should bear the burden of searching for a son or daughter and not be given answers, the mothers of three of the most famous victims of involuntary disappearance in the country led simple but touching rites on Thursday marking the fourth anniversary of the abduction of the still-missing activist-farmer Jonas Burgos.
Edita T. Burgos, who demanded in a brief but compelling letter to Army Major Harry Baliaga on Wednesday that he name the one who ordered her son seized, said she and the other mothers of the disappeared will not stop until they find their children — and justice.
Seated beside her at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani memorial grounds in Quezon City were Connie Empeno and Erlinda Cadapan, whose daughters Karen and Sherlyn, respectively, were seized one year before Jonas Burgos was abducted by six persons, believed to be military agents, as he lunched in a Quezon City mall on April 28, 2007.
The three mothers also announced plans to step up the lobbying for the passage of a bill, authored by Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares, defining and penalizing the crime of enforced or involuntary disappearance; and for the Philippine government to sign the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons Against Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance.
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