Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Edita Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos, family members and supporters hold a catholic mass in front of Camp Aguinaldo, the national headquarters of the armed forces of the Philippines, to commemorate the 2nd year of the abduction of Jonas. Burgos, an activist-agriculturist was tagged by the military as a member of the leftist New Peoples Army (NPA).

Jonas Burgos was abducted in 2007 inside a busy mall in Quezon City by four armed men and a woman. While Jonas' whereabouts are as yet undetermined, the plate number of the vehicle used by the abductors had been traced to an impounded vehicle at the 56th IB headquarters Philippine Army Camp in Norzagaray, Bulacan, north of the capital.

In a statement released today, Edita Burgos says the two years..."has been like an eternity of uncertainty...Jonas remains to be missing, two years after. We, the family and friends of Jonas have not given up. We have been constant and consistent in our efforts to locate him. We shall not forget. Though the forces of evil, now present in the very institutions that are vowed to protect the people, shroud the truth about what befell Jonas, we believe that in His time and our perfect time, the truth will be known and justice will be served". The full statement can be found here: http://freejonasburgosmovement.blogspot.com.

Jonas is one of the 193 reported desaparecidos since Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency in 2001.

An ongoing photo-documentary on the Jonas Burgos disappearance can be found here: http://vileydsidiotz.multiply.com/photos/album/83/Sa_Lahat_ng_Sulok

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