Groups mark International Day of the Disappeared

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Families and friends of victims of enforced disappearances together commemorated last August 30 the International Day of the Disappeared. They demanded the immediate surfacing of and justice for their loved ones and friends who were abducted and disappeared by state agents.

In Manila, human rights groups led by Desaparecidos picketed the Court of Appeals to support the families of Dexter Capuyan and Gene Roz Jamil “Bazoo” de Jesus who filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the said court last July 5.

According to Karapatan data, more than 1,000 individuals were disappeared under the Marcos Sr dictatorship, while 821 victims were recorded under the Cory Aquino regime, 26 under the Estrada regime, 206 during Rodrigo Duterte and ten during the first 14 months of the current regime of Marcos Jr.

Meanwhile, human rights groups lighted candles at the monument of Fr. Rudy Romano at the Redemptorist Church in Cebu City. Fr. Romano was abducted by suspected armed agents of the Marcos dictatorship on July 11, 1985, and has never been seen since.

Groups mark International Day of the Disappeared