Daughter of a desaparecidos almost suffered the same fate as missing father

October 9, 2012

Daughter of desaparecidos almost suffered the same fate as missing father

Jimmylisa Badayos, daughter of missing Jimmy Badayos who was abducted and disappeared by then Supt. Panfilo Lacson in 1990, was abducted and illegally arrested by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Military Intelligence Group of AFP Central Command.

Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos) condemns the abduction, arbitrary arrest and illegal detention of the Jimmylisa Badayos and Calixto Vistal and also for the continuing disappearance of the Jimmylisa’s father – Jimmy Badayos. “During the Corazon Aquino administration, Jimmy Badayos was abducted and disappeared. Now, during the Noynoy Aquino regime, Jimmy’s daughter was abducted and illegally detained. The mother-son victimization of father-daughter is clearly a case of how impunity reigns in the country,” Mary Guy Portajada, secretary general of Desaparecidos said.

Jimmylisa and her co-worker Calixto Vistal were coming out from work at EuroForest Products Industries in Brgy. Subangdaku, Mandaue City  at around 6pm on October 5, 2012 when they were forcibly taken by armed men in plain clothes.  “I resisted and cried for help as the armed men warned the concerned bystanders not to intervene as they claim to be with the government,” Jimmylisa said in her account of the incident.

“One of my abductors grabbed my face and squeezed it so hard that bruises formed around my mouth and cheeks,” Jimmylisa said.  She groped for her shoulder bag which was already in the possession of her abductors.  “I felt a heavy metallic object placed inside my shoulder bag even as my abductors pushed my hands away.” Jimmylisa added.

They were driven to Philippine National Police-Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Camp Sotero Cabahug, in Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City.  This was also the same camp where her father Jimmy was brought 22 years ago before his disappearance and he was never found.

Badayos and Calixto were accused of being members of the New People’s Army during interrogation, which they vehemently denied.

According to the young Badayos, at around 11 pm she saw a certain Major Mendroza, together with her abductors, showing off to members of the media her bag with a hand gun. Badayos is worried that she is being framed up. The next day, October 6, tactical interrogations continued even as there were no charges filed against them. Badayos and Vistal assert that they should be immediately released.

Portajada said, “Is this the ‘reformed’ AFP’ that President Noynoy Aquino  announced recently?  His government could not even show mercy and spare a daughter of a desaparecido.  “This is how vicious this government is in implementing Oplan Bayanihan,” Portajada added.  Oplan Bayanihan is the “counter insurgency” program of the Noynoy administration which, as human rights group Karapatan says, has caused numerous human rights violations.

Today is the 4th day of Badayos and Vistal under military captivity, without standing warrant and formal charges were filed against them. Recent update from Karapatan Cebu says that Vistal was taken out from Camp Sotero Cabahug 2:30 yesterday morning. Vistal has not been brought back yet. Meanwhile, Jimmylisa was sent to the hospital for severe anemia.

Desaparecidos calls for their immediate release.  ###

Lorena ‘Aya’ Santos, Deputy Secretary General
Contact Number: 09175230396

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