Cases of abduction and enforced disappearance intensify

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Five individuals from separate incidents in September add to the growing number of victims of abductions and secret detentions of the Marcos regime.

Agents of the 4th IB abducted Job Abednego David, Peter Del Monte and Alia Encela in Sitio Mablag, Barangay Lisap, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro on September 19.

The three were then investigating the bombings and shelling of the 203rd Ibde in April. They were also determining the impact of armour rock quarrying on small farmers and copra workers in Bongabong.

On October 4, 16 days after, human rights groups confirmed that the 203rd IBde was holding and detaining the three in a military camp without charges.

Meanwhile, two individuals were abducted in Barangay Bantug, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on September 29. Residents of the said barangay last saw Norman Ortiz and Lee Sudario being forced by men in soldiers uniform to board a van. One of them broke free but was caught and dragged back into the van. On November 2022, police accused Sudario of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act. Both their families experienced relentless harassment before the abduction.

Recent reports from Eastern Visayas said at least 10 individuals were abducted and being secretly detained by the Task Force Storm and 8th ID under the Marcos regime. The victims are believed imprisoned at the 8th ID camp in Barangay Maicong, Catbalogan, Samar.

Among those secretly detained are new mothers Mariel Rebato and Monica Ogacho, both being kept with their infant children.

Cases of abduction and enforced disappearance intensify