Iloilo activists now missing for 100 days

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer
Last updated 02:01am (Mla time) 07/21/2007

ILOILO CITY—The families of two abducted Iloilo activists decried the failure of law enforcement agencies to locate their relatives as the victims’ abduction enters its 100th day today.

 

They said the continued “inaction and the deceptive state of denial” of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines have hindered efforts to find Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado and to apprehend their abductors.

 

Dominado’s elder brother, Luis Posa, and her daughter, May Wan, said the investigation and search for the victims have not made any headway despite condemnation and protests from local government units, international human rights groups and non-government organizations.

 

Dominado and Arado have been missing since April 12 after unidentified armed men took them from their vehicle in Barangay Cabanbanan, Oton town, Iloilo.

 

The armed men shot and seriously wounded the victims’ companion, Jose Ely Garachico, who was driving the pickup truck they were riding. Garachico was left behind while the two were forced into at least two vehicles used by the armed men.

 

The badly burned vehicle of the victims was found hours later at a sugarcane field in Janiuay town, around 30 km from the place of the abduction.

 

Arado, the regional chair of the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and the regional secretary general of the farmers’ organization Pamanggas, was the seventh nominee of the party-list group Anakpawis.

 

Dominado, one of the prominent political detainees during the Marcos dictatorship, was spokesperson in Panay of the Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (Selda), a group of former political detainees.

 

In an earlier interview, Senior Supt. Melvin Mongcal, Iloilo provincial police director, said the investigation did not prosper due to the absence of the victims’ bodies and other pieces of evidence.

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