The mother of abducted farmer-activist Jonas Burgos on Friday said the desaparecidos families’ distrust in legal measures would not stop them from demanding accountability and finding the “voice” that would represent their plight.
Edita Burgos attended with other desaparecidos’ families the Friday Mass at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to mark the 12th year since her son was forcefully taken by alleged military intelligence agents on April 28, 2007.
“What should we do with leaders of a government who are insensitive to the least, the last and the lost? Unless we find a voice that will represent the disappeared … we with small voices will never achieve the justice we are hoping for,” a tearful Edita, now 75, said as cries to act on unresolved cases of enforced disappearances echoed inside the Bulwagang Ka Pepe at the CHR.
The Supreme Court resolved in 2013 that Jonas was a victim of enforced disappearance and that he was abducted by members of the Philippine Army from Hapag Kainan Restaurant of the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City.
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