Jonas Burgos ‘abducted by AFP,’ court finds

MANILA, Philippines – The Court of Appeals has completed its Supreme Court-directed inquiry into the abduction of Jonas Burgos and declared the military, “particularly the Philippine Army, accountable for the enforced disappearance” of the activist-farmer  who has become the poster boy for Philippine desaparecidos.

In a report capping a nearly two-year inquiry, the CA ruled to recognize “the abduction of Jonas Burgos” as an enforced disappearance covered by the Rule on the Writ of Amparo”—the most damning official confirmation yet that the Armed Forces of the Philippines had seized Burgos on April 28, 2007 as he lunched in a Quezon City mall. His family had insisted on this right from the start, but the AFP repeatedly denied it.

Click the image below to view excerpts of the court report on the disappearance of Jonas Burgos.

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