Press Statement

28 April 2016

Burgos kin to next president: Bring Jonas back home

Six years ago, President Noynoy Aquino gave his word to the Burgos family. He promised that Jonas will be surfaced and that justice will be served. The term of the President is almost over, and yet Jonas remains a desaparecido nine years after he was abducted.

Worse, one of the main suspects, Former Colonel Eduardo Año, was promoted to General. Aquino even appointed him as the chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Año is now the chief of the Philippine Army.

“The President’s inaction on the case is the same inaction we saw from the former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. If we’ve found Arroyo guilty, then how can we say that President Aquino is not part of the state’s cover up of the crime?” JL Burgos, brother of Jonas, said.

Government inaction on cases such as that of Jonas helps perpetuate impunity in the country. It encourages human rights violations. It continues to cover-up the military’s abduction of Jonas.

With the coming elections, the family and friends of Jonas hope that the next president will not be part of the continuing cover-up. The Burgos family challenges the next president to bring the perpetrators to justice and bring Jonas back home. ###

Reference: JL Burgos, +639369412121

*Attached is President Aquino’s privilege speech as a Senator mentioning Jonas’ case.


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