CA confirms AFP chief Año, 29 other officers, 5 envoys

The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday confirmed counterinsurgency veteran General Eduardo M. Año as 48th chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, a day after the Cabinet decided to support President Duterte's call to resume all-out war against communist rebels.

Edith Burgos, Jonas' mother, hopes for end to impunity under Duterte

Speaking before the Tapatan sa Media forum, the mother of disappeared farmer-activist Jonas Burgos says impunity should finally be put to a stop under the new administration.
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Burgos kin ask next president to bring Jonas back home; remind PNoy of vow, Senate speech

The family of activist-farmer Jonas Burgos, poster boy of the involuntarily disappeared in the country, has a challenge to whoever wins the May 9 presidency: bring him home. They reminded President Aquino of his speech as a senator; and his promise, as newly elected president, to resolve the case.

Soldiers in full battle gear enter Burgos farm, raising alarm among kin of missing activist

At least 15 soldiers in full battle gear entered the San Miguel, Bulacan farm of the family of missing activist-farmer Jonas Burgos, prompting a demand for an explanation by his mother Edita.

Yumi Burgos, Jonas' little girl, wins grand prize in national poster contest on justice and peace

If a young girl's heart can speak through her art, then, one wonders, what good things must be running through that of 9-year-old Yumi Burgos, whose father Jonas disappeared over eight years ago, but who continues to amaze adults with her talent and her messages of hope and peace?
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VIDEOS | Bound by tragedy, 2 women comforted by UN chief's remark vs enforced disappearance

A Filipino mother and a Laotian wife, who have found solace in each other's company since an encounter in an international forum on desaparecidos, are these days drawing comfort from the United Nations chief's statement on the International Day of the Disappeared.

Ex-ISAFP head, once hounded by Jonas Burgos case, is new Army chief

(UPDATE 3, 7:43 A.M.) The mother of the poster boy of Filipino desaparecidos on Wednesday chastised President Benigno Aquino III for naming as new Army chief Major General Eduardo M. Año, the general whose promotion was once stalled by allegations of involvement in the Jonas Burgos abduction.

JONAS BURGOS, 8 YEARS | 'End our suffering of not knowing' - Edita to PNoy

Today, April 28, 2015, marks the eighth year since activist Jonas Burgos, son of press freedom icon Jose Burgos Jr., was abducted from a Quezon City mall. His mother writes President Benigno Aquino III.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD, COME HOME SOON | Jonas Burgos' child has a gift, prayer

Today, March 29, the Burgoses are marking the 45th birthday of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, who has been missing - believed abducted by the military - since April 28, 2007. His daughter Yumi shared an artwork that is her gift for him, and her fervent prayer to see him soon.
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RAP MUSIC VIDEO | PIRING, a reminder vs impunity, an ode to the pain of the 'desap' families

A new rap music video created by Manila Sad Boys, a group of talented and young artists from Tondo and Sta. Cruz districts, serves as a reminder of the continuing battle against impunity, specifically in enforced disappearances, in the new year.
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A MOTHER'S PLEA | Jonas Burgos' mom to PNoy: Where is 'dedicated' probe of disappearance?

Seven years after the abduction of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos, his family is nowhere near to knowing the truth and justice far from being attained. This, Burgos’ mother Edita said in a letter to President Aquino, despite his order a year ago for a “dedicated and exhaustive investigation'.

CHR confirms 'Erap 5' files unmasked another Burgos abductor aside from Ballaga

The Commission on Human Rights has identified another suspect in the 2007 abduction of Jonas Burgos while going through a trove of documents made available by the Supreme Court.

CA confirms ISAFP chief, 17 other senior AFP officials

(UPDATE - 3:07 p.m.) The powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) chaired by Senate President Franklin Drilon on Wednesday confirmed the interim appointment of General Eduardo M. Ano as chief of the Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines ((SAFP).

SC orders DOJ to probe 'new evidence' submitted under seal in Jonas Burgos case

UPDATED 5:19pm- The Supreme Court on Tuesday referred to the Department of Justice the petition of Edita T. Burgos filed in April 2013, seeking further investigation of the disappearance of her son as she submitted, under seal, new documents on the military's role in his abduction.
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Surge of journalist killings, failures of justice blot PH's human-rights record in 2013

Global rights monitor Human Rights Watch has accused the Philippine government of failing to match its rhetoric in support of human rights with meaningful action in 2013 to end impunity for extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances.

Court enters ‘not guilty’ plea for army officer in Jonas Burgos abduction case

Army officer Harry Baliaga was arraigned Tuesday on the charge of arbitrary detention in connection with the abduction and disappearance of activist-farmer Jonas Burgos six years ago, but refused to enter any plea, so the court entered a “not guilty” plea for him.

Army helps cover bail bond of officer in Jonas Burgos abduction, forced disappearance

The Philippine Army has provided financial aid to Major Harry Baliaga to help cover his bail bond after he was ordered arrested in connection with the 2007 abduction and involuntary disappearance of peasant-activist Jonas Burgos.

Army major tagged in Jonas Burgos disappearance posts bail

The Army officer accused of leading the team of agents who abducted activist-farmer Jonas Burgos in 2007 posted bail at the Quezon regional trial court on Thursday.

Officer in Burgos case available for arrest – Army

The Army major implicated in the 2007 abduction of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos will make himself available to authorities once police serve an arrest warrant from the court, according to Army spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang.

QC court issues arrest warrant on Army major in Jonas Burgos abduction

A Quezon City court has ordered the arrest of an Army major implicated in the abduction of the still-missing farmer-activist Jonas Joseph Burgos after finding probable cause in the charge of arbitrary detention filed against him.
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Did ISAFP chief swap case vs. 'traitor' AFP officer for the truth behind Jonas Burgos abduction?

A letter from Edita Burgos to the Commission on Appointments details, for the first time, her long journey to uncover the truth about why the military would want to seize her son, the missing farmer-activist Jonas Brugos.

Confirmation of ISAFP chief endorsed over objections from Jonas Burgos' mother

The subcommittee on national defense of the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday endorsed the confirmation of Brigadier General Eduardo Ano as chief of the Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines despite the continuing objections of the mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos

Rights groups picket DOJ for dropping raps vs 'brains' in Jonas Burgos disappearance

Human rights groups picketed the Department of Justice Friday to protest the dropping of charges against military officers they said are among those responsible for the enforced disappearance of missing activist Jonas Burgos.

DOJ exonerates ex-AFP, PNP execs on Jonas Burgos' abduction

The Department of Justice has exonerated former officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in the criminal complaint on the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos.

CA panel puts nomination of ISAFP chief on hold over Burgos case

The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday deferred anew action on the nomination of Gen. Eduardo M. Ano as chief of the ISAFP, but approved those of 48 other officers, led by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista.

Ricky Lee says 'Burgos: A Mother's Love' renewed his passion for screenwriting

Ricky Lee and director Joel Lamangan take on the true story of Jonas Burgos, who was abducted six years ago by members of the Army and has yet to resurface to this day. They are presenting the story from the point of view of family matriarch Edita Burgos, played in the film by Lorna Tolentino.

VIDEO | After 6 years, Jonas Burgos' wife speaks: 'Parang sasabog ang dibdib ko'

In this video, the wife of farmer-activist Jonas Burgos explains her silence and the silent prayer she and their daughter makes every night since that terrible day her husband was abducted by military soldiers from a mall on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Impunity continues under Aquino government, says NCCP pastor

Impunity in the commission of human-rights violations did not stop, even with the exit of the administration of former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, blamed for a counterinsurgency template that sanctioned preemptive strikes on dissidents.

'Repent' - Cardinal Tagle to abductors of Jonas, other desaparecidos

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle on Thursday called on the abductors of Jonas Burgos and all other victims of enforced disappearances to 'repent' and 'face God' as he spoke out against the continued injustice visited on those who grieve.

Jonas Burgos case among priorities of superbody looking into extra-judicial killings

(Updated 1:37 p.m.) The case of Jonas Burgos, an activist who was picked up by government agents and has gone missing for the past six years, will be one of the priorities of a government "superbody" created to look into extra-judicial killings.

AFP, Defense to produce location of personnel involved in Jonas Burgos' enforced disappearance

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will provide the Supreme Court the location of its personnel allegedly involved in the enforced disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos.

Supreme Court orders AFP: Produce soldiers involved in Jonas Burgos abduction

The Supreme Court has ordered the military leadership to disclose the location of soldiers involved in the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos six years ago.

Ex-detainee Bro. Eddie asks AFP: stop protecting officers, men in Burgos abduction

Bangon Pilipinas lone senatorial candidate Eddie Villanueva, detained several years by the Marcos regime, is seeking a final resolution of the six-year-old case of the missing activist Jonas Burgos, recently tagged by the CA as a case of enforced disappearance by the Army.

AFP chief Bautista shares Edita Burgos' hope for 'closure' in Jonas case

The family of the late world press freedom icon Jose Burgos Jr. may have had frequent run-ins with the military in the past, but his widow and the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) share a common hope: 'closure' on the disappearance of his son Jonas.

PNoy orders De Lima to conduct 'focused' probe on Jonas Burgos disappearance

(UPDATE - 2:03 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III has ordered Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to conduct a 'focused, exhaustive, and parallel' probe on the disappearance of activist-farmer Jonas Burgos, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday.
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