Subject: [Karapatan HR update] Desaparecidos NEWS: “Nanay is not a terrorist,” Daughter of desaparecido condemns mother’s inclusion on Duterte government’s fake terror list

News Release
19 March 2018

“Nanay is not a terrorist”

Daughter of desaparecido condemns mother’s inclusion on Duterte government’s fake terror list
May Wan Posa-Dominado, daughter of desaparecido Maria Luisa Posa-Dominado, condemned the inclusion of her mother in what activists and human rights defenders called as a “fake terrorist list” filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which named more than 600 individuals, human rights defenders and critics of the Duterte government.
“Nanay is not a terrorist. My Nanay has been missing for almost 11 years. This is preposterous. It worsens the pain felt by our family since her disappearance. Tagging her as terrorist adds up to the already numerous rights violations that Nanay had experienced,” said May Wan.

On April 12, 2007, Luisa was abducted in Cabanbanan, Oton, Iloilo, together with another activist, Nilo Arado. Their companion, Jose Ely Garachico, was shot in the neck and left for dead.
“Nanay is a staunch defender of human rights. She fought the Marcos dictatorship at the age of 16. No wonder all regimes after Marcos were hell-bent to silence, arrest and imprison her. No wonder even the Duterte government is afraid of her, despite the fact that she’s already missing. If she were only here now, she will be the one among those who would condemn Duterte’s crackdown on activists and rights defenders,” said May Wan.

Child May Wan and ​Luisa (right) in a visit with relatives inside jail.
Luisa was imprisoned four times during Marcos’ martial law, for a total of seven years. Her first imprisonment was when she was only 17 years old. She survived torture and escaped three times. Her last imprisonment was during the Aquino government.
May Wan said Duterte’s fake terrorist list strengthens the fact that only the state has the motive to abduct her mother.

“Nanay’s inclusion in the list should not really come as a surprise. Before she was abducted, she had received warnings to take care because she was included in the order of battle. In our search for her, we have been faced with government officials justifying the abduction with the allegation that Nanay is a member of the NPA. We have always known that the state has motive in her abduction and continued disappearance. This only further establishes that,” said May Wan.
Two victims of enforced disappearance were included in the list. Aside from Luisa, Michael Celeste, a member of the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), was also included in the list. He was abducted on July 19, 2011 inside his house in Magalona, Negros Occidental.
May Wan appealed to the public to join them in condemning Duterte’s fake terrorist list.

”Duterte is desperately turning the tables against critics and activists. We firmly believe these threats are not just against activists or the likes of Nanay, it can be against any one of us who would dare to speak out against any injustice we see. We call on all advocates of justice and human rights to speak out and condemn this list. It can be anyone, we cannot afford to lose another Nanay or loved one and let more families suffer from a new tyrant under Duterte,” said May Wan. ###

REFERENCE: Ma. Cristina Guevarra, media liaison, 0906-1880128