On the International Day of the Disappeared:

Unveiling of the marker for missing Panay activists

 

Barangay Cabanbanon, Oton, Iloilo

 

August 30,  2012

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Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado of SELDA-Panay, Jose Ely “Liboy” Garachico of KARAPATAN, and Nilo Arado of BAYAN- Panay and ANAKPAWIS were ambushed on April 12 in Oton, Iloilo. Luisa and Nilo were abducted and still missing.

 

Click here to play video of the launching of the marker by Sining Panayanon

 

   
   


 
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Friends, kin put up sculpture for missing Iloilo activists
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas
8:38 pm | Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/262812/friends-kin-put-up-sculpture-for-missing-iloilo-activists


ILOILO CITY—Families and friends of missing activists have erected a concrete sculpture in Oton town in Iloilo where missing activists Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado were abducted five years ago.

The sculpture, consisting of three totems 2 to 3 meters tall with a diameter of 50 centimeters each, was unveiled on Aug. 31 to mark the International Day of the Disappeared, along the national highway in Barangay Cabanbanan in Oton town, about 7 kilometers from this city.

The site is where Dominado and Arado were waylaid and abducted by heavily armed men on April 12, 2007. They remain missing.

Their families and colleagues have blamed military agents for the abduction, pointing to the similarity with other cases in other places in the country, an allegation repeatedly denied by military officials.

Dominado was the regional spokesperson of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, an organization of former political detainees. Arado was chair of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan for Panay Island and leader of the farmers organization
Pamanggas.

Carved around the three spear-shaped poles are around 60 faces and the names of 202 missing activists.

“These depict the emotions of the victims and their families and at the same time the continued hope and struggle to find them and to be reunited with their families,” said Oton-based sculptor Gregorio “Boy” Masculino who was commissioned to conceptualize and carve the marker.

Seven others, mostly based in Oton, also helped in carving the marker. These were Jessie Tilos, Mark Nativo, Rey Buenaventura, Daryll Haro, Malou Buenaventura, Manny Haro and “Poker.”

The sculpture, which was completed in two weeks, was painted over in black, red, orange and yellow.

Louie Posa, Dominado’s brother and spokesperson of the Save Luisa and Nilo Movement, said the sculpture not only depicted the plight of his sister and Arado but also of the 202 victims of enforced disappearances under the administration of former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Posa said families, friends and colleagues of the missing activists raised funds to put up the markers.

But he said they had mixed feelings when it was unveiled.

“It’s a constant and painful reminder that our loved ones have not returned home and we still do not know if they will ever come back,” Posa told the Inquirer.

But he said the families believed that the marker also symbolizes the continued hope that they would be surfaced.

“This is not just about my sister and Nilo. This is for all the victims and their families who feel the same way that we do,” Posa said.
 

     
     
           
     
     
     

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Save Luisa and Nilo Movement

At around 9:30 PM, April 12, 2007, Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado of SELDA-Panay, Jose Ely “Liboy” Garachico of KARAPATAN, and Nilo Arado of BAYAN- Panay and ANAKPAWIS were on their way to Iloilo City from Antique when they were ambushed at Brgy. Cabanbanan, Oton, Iloilo, Philippines. Their vehicle, a Mitsubishi L200 pick-up, was overtaken by two vans. Two armed men got off from one of the vans, shot the driver, Liboy Garachico, who was then grabbed and thrown to the street. Witnesses saw that an unconscious Nilo Arado was carried off to an L300 van while a resisting Ma. Luisa Posa- Dominado was dragged to a Starex van. One of the suspects then took the victims’ vehicle and sped off to an unknown destination along with the two other vans.

The witnesses immediately rushed to the wounded Liboy Garachico and brought him to Iloilo Doctor’s Hospital. At around 4 AM of the next day, the victims’ burned vehicle was found at Brgy. Guadalupe, Janiuay, Iloilo.

At the moment, both Ma. Luisa Posa- Dominado and Nilo Arado are still missing and Garachico is still in the ICU.

The Families of the victims condemn this brutal act. We hope that our relatives, friends and the sympathetic public will persistently support our call for the release of Ma.Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado and pressure their abductors to bring them back alive and unharmed. We pray for the complete recovery of Liboy Garachico. We demand that the perpetrators be brought into the open to face the full force of the law. Let us fight to stop all political repression and extrajudicial killings! Join the SAVE MA. LUISA POSA-DOMINADO AND NILO ARADO MOVEMENT!

     
           
     
     
     

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It has already been a year
by Tamara Michelle Posa Dominado
(15-year old daughter of Luisa)

Written: April 2008

April 12, 2007, it was also the day I lost everything. Not only did I lose my mom, I lost my dreams, I lost my hopes, I lost my future, all my plans, our plans, they will never be played out. That day I even almost lost my sanity but then someone brought me back to reality. And so here I am, still standing, breathing, living this broken life.

April 12, 2008. It has already been a year. And all I can say is that this situation is driving me crazy. I battle with depression almost everyday. My feelings are so fragile now that small problems or disappointments would cause me to cry and remember better days with my mother, which would cause me to cry more and more because I miss her so much.

My life is so different now after a year. And it is much more different to have my sister control my life. She does things differently than my mom. Yes, it is different now, so very different. And I cannot count how many times I’ve hope, dreamt, and wished on stars that my mom just came home on this day last year, safe and sound and maybe bringing along a bag of food to eat. Then maybe today, instead of all these tears we cry for her, instead of our disappointments, our fears, our depressions, instead of me and my sister’s shattered dreams, our hopes, our futures, we would all be happy, my sister, she could have studied better, she could even be a lawyer right now, then she would be causing all you evil people a lot of hell, and my mom, my mom would be helping all the poor, all the helpless, she’d still be fighting for their rights, doing all she can do, giving them all that she can give, and then, when she has the time after all that, maybe my mom and I would be talking about my college, she’d be helping me achieve my dreams, helping and guiding me all the way, she’d always find the time for everyone even when there’s no time to spare. We’d still be hearing her voice, hear her loud, booming laugh, see her smile even when she has a million problems to think about. She would still be here for us.

But instead of a happy ending, no, you had to take her away from us; you had to take her for all your selfish greedy needs. You, whoever you stupid people are, did not think that she had a family that needs her, and if you did think, which I think you did, I know you hoped that we’d suffer like this, that we’ll be more afraid, we’d fear you, we’d cower before you with our tails between our legs. But you know what? Who are you to be feared? Can’t you see? Angry, suffering, people fear nothing.

Me? I am angry. I loathe every one of you who forced us into this life. I swear, just a few more disappointments, a few more shattered dreams, I’ll lose my sanity. But I’ll try my hardest not to. I need to be strong, to be brave. I know that’s what my mom would want. She’ll be disappointed if I’m not. She wasn’t afraid of you and neither am I. Scare me with your guns and your death threats and everything you’ve got. I won’t afraid. You already took everything from me.

Whoever did this to my mom and tito and all the countless others who have suffered the same fate. You should be ashamed of what you’re doing. Even I, a 15 year old, know that what you did was wrong. And aren’t you ashamed that you still need a 15 year old to tell you that what you did was wrong? What? Are you gonna tell me that what you did was for the good of the nation? Cause I can’t see any good in abducting innocent people who unlike you, are, helping the nation. Can’t you see that for yourselves? What are you 2 years old or something?

Whoever you are, I wish that you have a good life anyways. I hope you live a better life with your families. I hope your families won’t be forced upon a life like we have had. I also hope that your sons and daughters won’t grow up to be like you, stupid, apathetic, and cowardly individuals. And after living your life and teaching your children not to be like you, when you’re already too old and have had enough of all the bad things that you’ve done and have had given enough to your families to sustain their future, well, there would be nothing else but to hope that you die… and burn in hell…

     
     
           
     
   
     

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On her birthday

Written:Augustl 2008

From Edgar Posa

. . . well , what can i say ? ... i don't know where to begin with , but nonetheless ... let me ponder upon a story that LOLA "LIL" used to read when i was NICOLE's age ... it was about the little red hen with her farm friends the cat , the dog , & the cow ...

one day while walking the little red hen found a sack full of grain of seeds asked her friends who will plow the fields ? not i said the cat , not i said the dog & not i said the cow .... very well then , i will said the little red hen ....after days of plowing the field & ready to be planted the little red hen agaian ask her friends
who will plant the seeds ? ... not i said the cat , not i said the dog , & not i said the cow

very well then i will said the little red hen ..... a week after the seed started to grow & needs water .. then again the little red hen ask her friends who will the plants ? not i said the cat , not i said the dog , not i said the cow ... very well then i will said the little red hen .....to make thew long story short .... the wheat was harvested , milled , turned into flour & made into bread . . . .

moral of the story is " getting the job done " .... UNTIL THE DAY OF HER ABDUCTION YOUR NANAY WAS TRYING , DOING & GETTING THE JOB DONE ..... which goes to show that ... the struggle doestn't stops there .... the job isn't done yet ......

a TREE lives, a TREE dies ... the FOREST stays forever !! to GING ... wherever you maybe , whatever "they" may have done to you ......the POSA clan will be missing you so much , especially on this day .... MORE POWER !!
WE LOVE YOU !! ............................MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmwahugz!

From Gabriela

Ang Gabriela Women's Party ay nagpupugay kay Luisa Posa Dominado. Ang
53 taon ng kanyang buhay na ating ginugunita ngayon ay puspos sa
paglilingkod sa sambayanan at sa mamamayan.

Walang pag-iimbot niyang ibinigay ang kanyang kakayahan, lakas at
talino sa pakikibaka. Kung kapiling natin siya ngayon, tiyak na mas
marami pang taon ng paglilingkod sa bayan ang kanyang iaalay.

Sa ating paggunita kay Luisa at sa kanyang mga naging ambag, sana'y
higit tayong makakuha ng lakas para ipagpatuloy ang laban ni Luisa at
Nilo at ng marami pang desaparecidos, para sa hustisya. Magpahanggang
sa kasalukuyan, laluna sa pagpapatupad ng Oplan Bantay Laya ng
rehimeng US-Arroyo, ang mga kababaihan at ating mga pamilya ay patuloy
na dinadahas at pinagkakaitan ng mga batayang karapatan. Ang ating
pagpupunyagi sa paggigiit ng ating mga karapatan at pakikibaka para sa
tunay na kalayaan, demokrasya at kapayapaan.

Sa iyo, Luisa, ganap kang maituturing na Gabriela ng iyong panahon.
Maligayang kaarawan sa iyo. Tuloy ang laban!

Rep. Liza Largoza Maza
Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan
Cristina Palabay, Secretary General
 

     
     
           
     
     
     
           

           
     
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Dear Nanay,

On August 10, you’ll be 53 already. I really wish you’ll be there when we celebrate it. I’ve missed you so much, everyday and always. And I guess everyone else has, too.

It’s been hard not having you around. Manang has been a pain in the ass as always but she’s trying.

I’ve been living in a dorm for the past 2 months now. It’s been stressful and depressing living there. Some of my high school classmates are staying there too. I get home sick every now and then because I don’t like that place. I don’t know why.

You know this one time; I really got sick because I cried for almost the whole night. Crying makes me weak, I guess. You see, that night, my classmate got home sick and she cried because she missed her mom. And I guess that’s what triggered my fits of crying. You see, I won’t easily admit it and I sometimes forget it, but deep down inside, I miss you so much. I’ve missed you since the day you never came back. I try my best not to talk about you because just a mere memory could bring me on the verge of tears.

I remembered when I first cried in the dorm. We were having our group dynamics and were talking about our lives and problems. When it came to be my turn, I thought I could handle it and they urged me to let out because they said it would lessen the pain, so I talked about you and my life, but it only managed to make me cry and make my head ache for the whole night. Sometimes I wonder if the pain will ever go away.

The last time I cried it was during the first time I went to a cheering practice for the Elektrons. It was my first time to be in the workshop and I had to do it alone because I was late. I guess they weren’t that hard on me like they were on the others. I just had to act three times. It was a nightmare because I couldn’t keep myself from smiling. But on the last scene they turned out the lights. Then they told me to act like a mother begging for food and money to feed her child. I didn’t know what to do so I knelt and acted but I still kept on smiling. And I guess they wanted to piss me off to stop me from smiling so they threw bad comments at me. They were all talking at the same time and I don’t know how I heard this question, but I heard it loud and clear over the other comments. Someone said, “Where’s your mom?” and thinking that it was just gonna be a part of my acting I replied, “She’s dead…” and it took sometime for me to take in those words. I said a whole lot more but then I stopped mid-sentence. The whole weight of what I said bore down on me. It felt like the darkness was squeezing me, seeping into every bit of my humanity, waiting for me to fall off the brink, and then, I cried. And I guess the people around me didn’t understand why I cried. They don’t know. I guess they thought they were a bit rough on me so they were a lot nicer to me after that incident. And somehow it made me laugh a bit. Some of my friends were there to comfort me, too. I wouldn’t have stopped crying if they weren’t there.

And you know what, nay? Remember when I said that I got sick? My friends took care of me that day and I got a lot better in no time. And being around people takes my mind off the sadness. I guess that’s why I’m a bit monophobic now. I get depressed when I’m alone.

What I’m trying to say is, on your birthday, or any other day, nay, you don’t need to worry about me, about us. All you need to do is to worry about yourself and take care, wherever you are. Because I (us, those who you care for) am surrounded by people who care and will help in any way they can. They can make me laugh until my tummy hurts and they’re also crazy just like me.

And as I finish this letter addressed supposedly to you, but will never reach you, I guess, I would like to write these lyrics from a song I heard.

“I’ve lost any chance for me to say,
To say that I miss you,
Say that I love you,
Will someone please tell me I’m OK?...”

- by Tamara

  August 2008

     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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Statement of Tomas Legislador Dominado, Jr. on the abduction and disppearance of his wife, Maria Luisa Arches Posa and Nilo Arado

Written:2007

Just recently, on March 28, I gave 30 stems of red roses to my wife symbolizing our 30 years of marriage amidst arduous struggle for democracy. Through thick and thin, we have marched together, with our people, for 37 years in their fight for liberation.

Would this be about to come to an end? For last night (April 12), agents of the state under the Arroyo regime forcibly abducted my wife and Nilo Arado of BAYAN. They shot Leeboy Garachico of KARAPATAN, in the neck and left him for dead.

For all the sacrifices and dangers that my wife and I had gone through in our 15 years of struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, we came out much alive and active to fight again against the thinly-veiled dictatorship of the Arroyo regime. While the Marcos martial law regime was outright repressive, the Arroyo regime does not even have the guts to own up to its crime, going out of its way to deny any responsibility, denying even its responsibility as a recognized state to deliver justice to its citizens; even as it sets up its victims for abduction and passing the blame to its enemies for its dastardly act.

I am out rightly accusing the Arroyo regime and its hatchetmen of the crime of abduction of Maria Luisa Posa and Nilo Arado and the frustrated murder of Leeboy Garachico. Furthermore, from the pronouncements of Capt. Lowen Gil Marquez, I accuse the 301st Brigade of justifying for armed state attack the various progressive organizations and their leaders as exemplified by Marquez’s constant public vilification of them.

The regime has both motive and even provided unwitting evidence for its crime. We need not look further than the statements of the 301st Infantry Brigade spokesperson Capt. Marquez implicating as illegal adjuncts of the revolutionary Left the progressive organizations under BAYAN and BAYAN MUNA, Gabriela, Anak Pawis, and kabataan in Panay (being led by the victims) at every turn of his harangue. While this and every repressive act may even better the progressive party-lists’ chance at cornering a big chunk of the people’s votes, it also served to set up progressive mass leaders for slaughter in the hands of covert agents of the state. United Nation’s human Rights Council rapporteur even documented the Armed Forces Order of Battle against legal personalities and organizations of the Left under the aegis of the regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya II making them targets for elimination by the state.

At the very least, this regime is culpable of dereliction of duty and covering-up, allowing these criminal acts to run rampant with impunity. Already some 900 instances of disappearances, assassinations, massacre, have occurred in seven years of the Arroyo regime and no single conviction on perpetrators was ever accomplished. Only the convening of never-ending investigations that aim to falsely accuse the victims’ own group and whitewash the role of state agents as I am expecting to happen to the case of my wife and her companions.

Typical of these was Capt. Marquez denial of culpability, ridiculous claims of “self-ambush” by the victim’s own group and, by implication, branding as terrorist the victims themselves. All these redown to justifying the attack on the victims while whitewashing the state agents’ crime even before the authorities have started its own official investigations. Not only that he protests too much in such a suspicious manner but he also mouthed-off the standard alibi of those with bloody hands.

I am very sorry that I can’t personally attend to my wife’s and her companion’s cases. As much as it grieves me, I cannot allow the regime the satisfaction of rendering to me the same fate that they have inflicted on Luisa after branding me as a leader of the armed Left in their previous statements. But even at a distance, drawing renewed strength from Luisa’s example, I will quietly, painstakingly, arduously, relentlessly follow her path, much reddened by the blood of our martyrs.

I am very satisfied with the relentless and massive effort of Luisa’s organizations, families, and friends in the furtherance of her return and for justice wherever events may lead to even under the threat of fascist attack. I am sure that in the short or long run, we will succeed in letting justice prevail. For, after all, this is what all our life’s efforts (me and Luisa’s and a lot of other activists and leaders) amount to – a people that is conscious, organized, and powerful enough to exact justice and build peace.

Allow me to cry out that I am in great pain and my family, Luisa’s family, friends, and co-workers are in great anguish. Yet what strange solace we do get from realizing that such pain is but a drop in an ocean of the people’s oppression, exploitation, hunger, and hopelessness. What great inspiration we do derive in the thought that justice and peace could definitely be achieved if only we redouble our collective effort in realizing democracy. That only in the protracted struggle for liberation could we achieve our goals that are far more worthy than what we did and could lose – even our most loved ones, even ourselves. That justice for Luisa and Nilo could only be fully realized if justice for all state repression is achieved.

I will still be preparing 31 stems of very red roses next year, whatever the outcome of this case will be – that much is certain. A flood of red roses would also be offered next year and in the years to come for all our victims of repression and for our people. For an unending stretch of flower gardens had now been planted, in full bloom and dedicated to their cause. #

 

     
     
     
           
     
     
     

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FACTSHEET


Case: Abduction Frustrated Murder
Victims: Ma. Luisa Posa- Dominado
Nilo Arado
Jose Ely T. Garachico
Date of Incident: April 12, 2007
9:30 pm
Place of Incident: Brgy. Cabanbanan, Oton, Iloilo
Perpetrators: Unidentfied armed men
Date of Documentation: April 13, 2007

A black Mitsubishi L200 pick-up with plate number FEA 789 carrying Ma. Luisa Dominado, Nilo Arado, and Jose Ely Garachico was blocked by a Mitsubishi van with unidentified armed men at Brgy. Cabanbanan (around 7 km. from Iloilo City), Oton, Iloilo, April 12, 9:30 pm.

Garachico, 51, public information officer of the human rights groups Karapatan in Panay, was shot in the neck by an unknown caliber firearm and was ordered to get off the driver’s seat. He was left behind.

Garachico may undergo surgery to remove the slug still embedded in his chest. He is currently in the intensive care unit of the Iloilo Doctors Hospital in Iloilo City.

Dominado, 52, is the spokesperson of the Samahan nga mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (Selda-Panay). Arado, 39, is chairperson of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), regional coordinator of Anakpawis in Panay and national council member of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. Both were forcibly taken into a green Mitsubishi van with plate number FVF 463, according to the police blotter report of Oton Municipal Police Station

Witnesses, however, claim that Dominado was forced on-board a white/gray van with plate number FVF 463. Arado was taken forced separately into a maroon Starex vehicle (GEW/GEM 874/847).

Garachico told investigators that they were on their way home from the capital town of San Jose in Antique when they noticed a green colored Mitsubishi van tailing them from Guimbal town, 24 km south of Iloilo City. SPO3 RA Acuesta, SPO2 LH Haro, PO3 MH Corpin, PO3 Jo Gatuslao, PO2 JRS Pabalan, and`PO2 JVG Minerva Sr. of the Oton Municipal Police station conducted the investigation.

The three had just attended an assembly of the partylist group Anakpawis in the province of Antique. Garachico tried to outrun the van but it managed to overtake their vehicle at Brgy. Parara, Tigbauan, Iloilo and cut the path of the vehicle of the activists in Barangay Cabanbanan, Oton.

The pickup truck of the activists were found at dawn of April 13 badly burned at a sugarcane field in Janiuay town 33 north west of Iloilo City or 30 km from where the victims were waylaid.

Insp. Efren Nimbra, Janiuay police chief, said residents of Barangay Guadalupe reported to the police after they saw the van in flames shortly after they heard a loud explosion between 2:00am -3:00 am, April 13.

As of this writing, the whereabouts of Nilo Arado and Ma. Luisa Dominado could not be ascertained.

Capt. Lowen Gil Marquez, Chief of 32nd Civil Relations Unit (32nd CRU) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Iloilo dispelled accusations that the AFP is behind the incident. Marquez asserted that investigators should also look at other possible angles like business conflicts involving the victims, ‘ambush me” theory, and the rift within the Communist Party of the Philippines where disgruntled elements may have a direct hand in the incident. #

Prepared by:
KARAPATAN-Panay
c/o Room 203 La Salette Bldg.
Valeria St., Iloilo City
Tel./Fax No. (033) 300-0408

     


Atty. Janne Baterna: The attacks against the people by the state, particularly, the abudctions of Luing and Nilo should inspire us to strugle further until this land shall have been rid of imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism and feudalism. (by louie Arches Posa)
 


 
           
     

Rose Arado (Wife of Nilo) This marker is a reminder for our son who had been asking the whereabout of his father until today. (by louie Arches Posa)


May Wan (Luing daughter) thanking sympathizers. "At first, I hesitated to have a permanent structure because it also permanently reminds me of my missing mother," she says. "But this is not just for the missing Nanay and Tito Nilo, but for all of us. We have to do this to draw our collective strength in order to defend ourselves until impunity is defeated." (by louie Arches Posa)
 

     
     


Appeal of UP Prof. Judy Taguiwalo on the Luisa Dominado Forced Disappearance

Below is the account of the most recent case of political repression in the country. Attached is the statement of May Wan and Tamara Dominado, the daughters of Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado on the forcible disappearance of their mother.

I have known, Ma. Luisa or Luing during the Marcos dictatorship period when we were both imprisoned in Iloilo in July 1973 and then transferred to Cebu and finally to Ipil Detention Center. She was I think only 18 years old at that time but was already committed to the struggle to end the dictatorship and to fight for a better life for the majority of our people.

She was imprisoned several times after being released in 1974, the last time I think during the Aquino administration. I remember seeing a poster of her and her daughter May Wan, who was only a young girl at that time asking for her release. May Wan is now a law graduate and was supposed to start her bar review classes at the UP Law Center this summer when her mother was abducted. She won't be able to review this summer as she and her sister join other relatives of victims of human rights violation in the country in seeking justice for their loved ones.

Luing has been in the forefront of organizing former political detainees in Iloilo and Panay through SELDA and has been one of those who successfully lobbied the city government to have a memorial containing the names of those who were killed or have disappeared during the martial law years erected in one of Iloilo City's plazas.

It is with heavy heart that I learned of her abduction together with Nilo Arado of Anak Pawis Panay and the attempted murder of Liboy Garachico of KARAPATAN last April 12. Luing , Nilo and Liboy who survived the long dark years of the Marcos dictatorship are the latest victims of the present administration Oplan Bantay Laya policy.

The Macapagal-Arroyo regime continues to trample on people's rights in spite of widespread local and international condemnation of the extrajudicial killings and forceable disappearance of activists in the country. Her public commendation in her 2006 State of the Nation Address of Former General Jovito Palparan who has been implicated in many cases of political killings and disappearances in Mindoro, Samar, Leyte, Bulacan and Pampanga gave official blessings to the military to continue with the extermination of activists, personalities and citizens considered "enemies of the state".

I join May Wan and Tamara Dominado and the relatives of Nilo Arado in their appeal to surface Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado. Please write letters to the following calling on the release of Luing and Nilo.

 

Boy Masculino The head of the artist group that designed the marker: This marker remind us a lot of things not only about Luing and Nilo, but what had happened to hundred more like them. (by louie Arches Posa)

           
     
     
     

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April 12, 2009

“Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya... gaya ng pag-ibig sa tinubuang lupa?”
- Andres Bonifacio

Maalab na pagbati!

Dalawang taon na ang nakalilipas nang dukutin ng mga ahente ng gobyerno sina Luisa at Nilo. At ngayon ay ang paggunita natin sa mga dakilang kasama na naging biktima ng atake ng nanghihinang estado.

Sina Luisa at Nilo ay ilan lamang sa mahigit sa dalawang daang biktima ng sapilitang pagkawala, at sa libo pang bilang ng mga biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao, sa ilalim ng walang kasing duwag na atake ng gobyerno sa kanyang mamayan, ang program ng Oplan Bantay Laya, na syang patakaran para gipitin ang mga mamayang naggigiit ng karapatan sa disenteng buhay at kumikilala sa karapatan ng kanyang mamayan ang syang nakakatanggap ng hagupit na ito, at kasabwat ang mga berdugong militar at pulis.

Ngunit ang ating paggunita ay hindi lamang upang balikan at sariwain ang sugat na iniwan ng trahedya. Hindi natin hahayaang ang trahedyang ito ang maging balakid sa ating patuloy na paghahanap ng katarungan. Sa lumipas na panahon ng paghihntay at paglaban, unti-unti natin silang nakikilala. Mula sa kung sino sila bilang mga magulang, kapatid, kaibigan o kasama. Nabubuhay ang kanilang mga alaala sa mga taong minsan nilang nakasalamuha. Mga alaalang pumalit sa ating lungkot at luha ng paghanga at pagdakila sa kanila, sa mga taong nag-alay ng kanilang buhay para sa paglilingkod sa bayan. Nagpapatuloy ang kanilang diwa sa bawat pamilyang nagkakaroon ng lakas ng loob para ipagpatuloy ang paghahanap ng hustisya. Muli’t muli nating madarama ang kanilang pagmamahal na hindi lamang natali sa loob ng bahay, bagkus tayo ay sumasanib sa malawak na sambayanan na naghahangad ng tunay na kalayaan.

Sa bahaging ito, mahigpit na pakikiisa ang ipinaaabot ng Desaparecidos (Pamilya ng Desaparecidos para sa Katarungan) sa mga kaanak at kaibigan nina Luisa at Nilo. Katarungan ang ating sigaw. Tayo ay nagbuklod upang maging lakas at inspirasyon ng bawat isa at tayo ang magpapatuloy ng kanilang laban para sa panlipunang pagbabago.

Kamtin ang hustisya!
Patalsikin si Gloria!

Ilitaw ang mga Desaparecidos!

 

     
           
     
 
     
   
     
     
 

Arkibong Bayan Webpages on the abduction of Nilo and Luisa

http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2007-04April17-GabForLuisaLiboyNilo/gabrluisoders.htm

Gabriela to AFP: Where is Luisa?

Picket rally at the GHQ of the AFP and ISAFP

April 17, 2007  Updated April 22, 2007

 

 http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2007-05May05-SaveLivesLN/saveluisanilo.htm

Launching the Save Luisa and Nilo Movement and its website

 La Paz, Iloilo

 April 19, 2007

 

http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2008-03March28-luisa/luisa.htm

Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado:

Abducted and missing for almost a year,

and it is her 31st wedding anniversary today

March 28, 2008

 

http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2008-04April12-luisanilo/luisanilo.htm

Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado:

Still missing one year after abduction

Iloilo City

April 12, 2008

 

http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2008-08Aug10-luing/luingbday.htm

Relatives and friends celebrate the birthday of Luisa,

Desaparecido for more than a year

Iloilo

August 10, 2008

 

 

http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2009/2009-04-April12-niloluinganib2/niloluinganib2.htm

Two years after their abduction:

Relatives and friends still searching for Nilo and Luisa

 Cabanbanan, Oton, Iloilo

 April 12, 2009

 

           
           
           
           

 


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