Rights lawyers eye anti-desaparecido raps vs Baliaga, Ano, others over Burgos
April 3, 2013
MANILA, Philippines — Human rights lawyers involved in seeking justice for Jonas Burgos said they would “seriously study” amending the criminal complaint for arbitrary detention and obstruction of justice they filed over the abduction of the activist to the “graver violation” of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act.
The National Union of People’s Lawyers said the option to use the newly enacted law against Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. and Brigadier General Eduardo Ano, chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, was decided after “extended consultation with the Burgos family and our co-counsel.”
Baliaga is the officer named by the Court of Appeals as directly in charge of the operation in which Burgos, son of the late world press freedom icon Jose Burgos Jr., was abducted from a Quezon City mall on April 28, 2007.
At the time, Ano headed operations of the Army’s intelligence arm.
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