Junio 19, 2007

Phl - Church takes cudgels for desaparecidos

WITH the government exerting its utmost efforts to find kidnapped Italian priest Giancarlo Boss, the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged authorities "to show the same zeal and dedication" in locating other victims of forced disappearances and abduction or desaparecidos.

"The government should also exert effort finding those who are victims of mysterious disappearances," said CBCP president Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo.

Lagdameo also said the government should consider the series of disappearances and abductions as "a serious matter."

The military and Moro rebel group are on the heels of a group that abducted Bossi two weeks ago in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Citing a report of the human rights advocate group Karapatan, Lagdameo said the total number of people abducted and been victims of forced disappearances has already reached 199 since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed office in January 2001.

Lagdameo called on the Arroyo administration to investigate and determine the fate of those who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. "They should be able to bring the perpetrators to justice," he added. (MSN/Sunnex)

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