Mom of missing UP student still hoping, praying

Concepcion Empeño (center) and Erlinda Cadapan, mothers of missing UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan hold pictures of their daughters during a meeting with Sen. Mar Roxas. RODEL ROTONI/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Concepcion Empeño (center) and Erlinda Cadapan, mothers of missing UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan hold pictures of their daughters during a meeting with Sen. Mar Roxas. RODEL ROTONI/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Allan Macatuno | Inquirer.net
October 30, 2014

SUBIC, Philippines—With no grave to visit, the mother of Karen Empeño, one of two students of the University of Philippines missing since 2006, will observe All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day with hopes and prayers to find closure for her daughter’s fate.

Despite the pain, Concepcion Empeño, 65, said she has good memories with her daughter, who, along with Sherlyn Cadapan, was abducted allegedly by soldiers in Bulacan province in 2006.

Empeño, a school principal at the Culiat Elementary School in Barangay (village) Culiat in Masinloc town, Zambales province, said her daughter was “very friendly” and would always bring her friends to their house.

She said she would join other families and relatives of the missing or the disappeared on Nov. 2 at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila, to offer prayers and flowers and light candles for their loved ones.

She said they would also write Pope Francis, who will visit the country in January, to seek his help in achieving justice for their missing family members.

“I will bring a photograph of my daughter for that gathering. Although it seems like we’re doing this for the departed, still I don’t want to think that she’s gone forever,” she said. “I’m still waiting for Karen [to come home].”

DAUGHTER OF ABDUCTED NDF CONSULTANT HITS AQUINO’S INUTILITY OVER CASES OF ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Malaya Intise, daughter of NDF consultant Federico Intise and Nelly Intese  Photo by KILAB Multimedia

Malaya Intise, daughter of NDF consultant Federico Intise and Nelly Intese
Photo by KILAB Multimedia

Press Release | KILAB Multimedia
October 29, 2014

“I felt the courage to speak up because of the firm commitment of my parents to serve the people. This makes me proud of them. The struggle must continue to attain justice.”

This was the statement of Malaya Intise, daughter of NDF consultant Federico Intise and Nelly Intese who were abducted eight years ago. Malaya recalled that her parents, together with Gloria Canaveral, were abducted in Sitio Putting Bato, Barangay Calumpang, General Santos City last October 26, 2006.

Malaya believes that the military were behind the enforced disappearances.

After eight years of living in fear, Malaya finally broke her silence to expose the inutility of the government in addressing the cases of enforced disappearances and breeding a culture of impunity.

She stressed that her father was supposedly protected by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) as an NDF consultant. She also recalled that during the Arroyo administration, there were a lot of children who lost their parents due to the counter-insurgency program dubbed as Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL).

The OBL was meant to stop the revolutionary movement but in the process it targeted critics of the government including progressive organizations, peasants, indigenous peoples, lawyers, youth, among others. Under the Arroyo administration, not less than a thousand individuals became victims of human rights violations.

Meanwhile, Sr. Noemi Degala, Executive Secretary of Sister’s Association in Mindanao expressed support to the Intise family in their struggle. She said that this is part of their responsibility and duty to the people.

Sr. Degala also expressed dismay over the rampant abuses against the Filipino people. According to Degala, cases of enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and militarization continue under Aquino administration’s Oplan Bayanihan.

Based on Karapatan’s monitoring, 2 out of 17 cases of enforced disappearance were recorded in Southern Mindanao Region (SMR) while 25 out of 156 victims of extra-judicial killings were in SMR. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) also revealed that not less than 15 of its consultants were detained.

Sr. Degala called on the GPH and NDFP to continue the peace talks. She believes that through this process, the people will arrive at solutions to their problems and achieve genuine peace. She also supported the call to free all political prisoners in order for peace negotiations to begin. ###

INTISE NELLY INTISE

Palparan released from jail—Desaparecidos

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Ibalik sa kulungan si Jovito Palparan! Sigaw ng militanteng grupo sa harap ng Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by DINDO FLORA

A smiling Jovito Palparan arrives at the Army HQ in Taguig. Court OKs his transfer to Army Custodial Center Photo by CARMELA FONBUENA

A smiling Jovito Palparan arrives at the Army HQ in Taguig. Court OKs his transfer to Army Custodial Center
Photo by CARMELA FONBUENA

PRESS RELEASE
September 15, 2014


“The last ray of hope for justice has just been doused. Palparan is essentially freed, and Malacanang welcomes it,” said Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice as the Malolos Regional Trial Court resolved to transfer Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan to Philippine Army Custodial Center.

“The basis of the decision is unclear. The police warden of Bulacan Provincial Jail Col. Flamenco admitted in court that his basis for the so-called threat to Palparan’s life is purely speculative,” Santos said.

“Mabuti ka pa nga, Gen. Palparan andito ka. Nadadalaw ka ng anak at asawa mo. Ang anak ko asan ngayon? (You’re in a better position, Gen. Palparan. You’re in jail. Your children and your wife can visit you. How about my daughter, where is she now?)” Mrs. Connie Empeno shouted at the end of the hearing, unable to contain herself from the disappointment.

Both Santos and Empeno attended the hearing and were able to witness how Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Malolos RTC used the premise of lack of funds and security of other inmates at the Bulacan Provincial Jail to grant Palparan’s transfer.

“This is yet another proof that the Aquino regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines coddle butchers like Palparan and are protecting him,” Santos said. “Bringing Palparan back to camp is good as saying, he is back in power among his minions,” Santos said.

Palparan’s co-accused Col. Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio are also at the Philippine Army Custodial Center. Palparan is facing charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention for the disappearance of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. ###

REFERENCE: Lorena Santos, Desaparecidos secretary general, 0908-8121982