2006 Worst Year for Human Rights in Davao Regions — 2. Alarming increase abduction and enforced disappearance

Dec. 03, 2006

2. Alarming increase abduction and enforced disappearance

Graph 1This year, the number of cases of enforced disappearances is reaching alarming proportions. There are 93 victims of involuntary disappearances in 2006 nationwide. The number of enforced disappearances for the year is already 37% more than the number of cases in 2005 and constitutes 45% of the 206 victims from January 2001 to November 2006.

Lourelie Naiz, 22 years old and Mary Bernadette Solitario, 21 years old both are staff of Disaster Response Center Inc. non-government organization were abducted in the afternoon of November 4, 2006. They were on their way to Brgy. Batang, North Cotabato when they were blocked by plainclothes men riding a motorcycle and told them to stop the habal-habal they were riding. After 30 minutes the maroon pick-up arrived and they were forced to get inside the maroon pick-up without plate number at around 4pm. By that time the unidentified men brought them to Camp Sumabat 39th IB, Makilala, North Cotabato convoyed with the motorcycle.

After series of interrogation, harassments and grave threat, the AFP released the two on the following day. Both Naiz and Solitario filed a case against the 27th IB and 39th IBs Commanding Officers to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and to the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) for violating the provisions of CARHRIHLs Part III Article 2 Sections 4, 5, 7, 9 and Part IV Article 3 Sections 1 and 2. (Please see Appendix D).

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