The families of Filipino desaparecidos received a very precious Christmas gift from President Aquino when he signed into law Republic Act 10350 (or the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012). The new law is aimed at addressing the phenomenon of enforced disappearance, which has persisted in the country even after the end of martial law. It [...]
Only a few hours separated President Aquino’s rousing, well-received speech at the 77th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines last Friday and his signing into law of the landmark Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act of 2012 later the same day. But the two events seemed worlds apart—not least because the President sought to keep them separate.