No passing of time or surging adversity can make the families of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and human rights defenders forget that fateful morning of June 26, 2006, when the two university students were forcibly taken by military men and herded like helpless sheep to the darkest depths where evil men perform unimaginable barbaric cruelties.
The May 4 issue of the Inquirer carried a scathing editorial (“Big-shot fugitives”) which touched on the “celebrated” walkout of Cezar Mancao from his detention cell inside the National Bureau of Investigation headquarters last May 2.
By Conrado de Quiros
There were a couple of unrelated news items in the newspapers last weekend that, taken together, make an interesting proposition about life.
PRESIDENT AQUINO belittled Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño’s survey ratings while defending the human rights record of his administration in a Radio New Zealand interview. Migrante Sectoral Party (MSP)-New Zealand calls on the President to face the issues and do more to hold human rights violators accountable. It’s sad to hear that the President has [...]
Jovito Palparan may be in hiding, but the cases connecting him to a series of abductions and disappearances when he was an Army officer are progressing. The retired major general famously dubbed the “Butcher” by activists has made himself scarce, doubtless with the aid of powerful friends, since late last year when a judge ordered him arrested for the 2006 abduction and disappearance of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.