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Closure only once 'truth revealed' on Jonas Burgos abduction – family

Apr 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'So long as we, the families of the desaparecidos, have our breaths, no one can stop us in our fight to surface our disappeared loved ones,' says Mary Ann Burgos

Human Rights organizations and family members of the desaparecidos gather at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to remember the 12th year anniversary of the dissapearance of activist Jonas Burgos. Editha Burgos, mother of Jonas, remains hopeful that justice will still prevail and that she will still see her son again. While Jonas' wife, Mean Burgos, hopes that despite the court acquital of Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. of arbitrary detention charges, justice will still prevail. April 26, 2019.

Families of desaparecidos slam PH plan to delist cases from U.N.

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:45 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is disrespectful, totally disregarding and dismissing the suffering of the families of all the missing,” the Free Jonas Burgos Movement says

Families of victims of enforced dissapearance remember their loved ones during a mass at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on International Day of the Disappeared, August 30, 2018. The relatives displayed photos of their beloved desaparecidos while offering candles and flowers on the Wall of Remembrance. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

How are the Jonas Burgos and Palparan cases different?

Sep 18, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Witnesses showed up in court against Jovito Palparan, while witnesses for Jonas Burgos disappeared during trial. Will they resurface after the conviction of the major general?

NO CONVICTION. The army major charged for the disappearance of Jonas Burgos 11 years ago was acquitted in 2017 because the witnesses did not show up during trial.

'Bigger than Jonas': Edita Burgos carries torch for grieving women

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'The search is not just for Jonas but also for all victims...and if I find him, I will continue working for the disappearance of enforced disappearances'

Interview with Edita Burgos in Quezon City on August 27, 2018

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 12, 2017

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Thursday.

QC court acquits army major in Jonas Burgos case

Oct 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

(5th UPDATE) The eyewitness account pointing to army major Harry Baliaga Jr is deemed hearsay by the court since Jeffrey Cabintoy could not be found to take the witness stand during trial

10 years later, search for Jonas Burgos continues

Apr 28, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Protesters decry the promotion of Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año but he is adamant he never knew Jonas Burgos

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate the 10th year of his disappearance. Photo by Desaparecidos

News Briefs: February 21, 2017

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday February 21

Jonas Burgos mom to PNoy: Is there hope for justice?

Apr 27, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Edita Burgos ask President Aquino if she ll ever get the truth about what happened to her son during the President s term

AN APPEAL. Edita Burgos, mother of activist Jonas Burgos, won't give up on the search for her abducted son. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Rappler Newscast | February 19, 2014

Feb 19, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Aquino: criminalizing online libel won’t curb free speech A report says the PH is 3rd most dangerous country for journalists in 2013 CA confirms promotion of 2 generals tagged in human rights cases

SC orders DOJ to look into new info on Jonas Burgos

Feb 04, 2014 - 5:18 PM

Edita Burgos claims her son s abductor bears a striking similarity to one of the state agents who arrested supporters of former President Estrada in 2006

GOOD OLD DAYS. Jonas Burgos with his family. File photo from Newsbreak

Judge enters not guilty plea for soldier in Jonas Burgos abduction

Nov 12, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Baliaga asks the court to defer his arraignment but the motion is denied

MOTION DENIED: Court denies Major Harry Baliaga's motion to defer his arraignment. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Officer accused in Burgos abduction posts bail

Oct 25, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr will be arraigned in court in November

AFP will turn over officer tagged in Jonas Burgos abduction

Oct 22, 2013 - 6:58 PM

The military however says it has yet to receive the court order ordering Maj Baliaga s arrest

ACCUSED: A Quezon City court issues an arrest warratn against Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. Photo released by the Commission on Human Rights

Arrest of Army major ordered for Burgos abduction

Oct 21, 2013 - 7:55 PM

Judge Alfonso Ruiz II of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 says probable cause exists against the accused Major Harry Baliaga

Burgos mother fails to convince CA on Año

Sep 25, 2013 - 12:36 PM

The CA s decision came after the Department of Justice DOJ cleared Año in the arbitrary detention case filed by Edita Burgos earlier this month

SEARCH CONTINUES. Editha Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas Burgos, says the search continues for her son even after the confirmation of Brig Gen Eduardo Ano, who she accuses of involvement in his disappearance.

After 'Burgos,' Rocco to portray 'San Pedro'

Aug 14, 2013 - 5:55 PM

Mandarin speaking actor registered nurse pursues idealism of Jonas role in film bio on Filipino saint

PERSONA. Rocco pursues idealism of 'Burgos' in next film bio. Photo by Jerald Uy/Rappler

Edita B on LT portrayal: 'Nagulat ako'

Aug 12, 2013 - 10:16 AM

On Lorna Tolentino s remarkable job in Burgos: A Mother s Love

NUANCED TURN. Mrs. Burgos said she was amazed to see herself in LT's performance. Screen grab from YouTube (John Wong)

'Burgos': A film with a deep back story

Aug 10, 2013 - 1:07 PM

Edita Burgos story also highlights activist roots of filmmakers with nuanced turn by Lorna Tolentino and Rocco Nacino

COMPELLING STORY. Edita Burgos with Lorna Tolentino and Rocco Nacino. Photo courtesy of CCP

'Burgos' marks Cinemalaya premiere

Aug 04, 2013 - 6:30 PM

CCP filmfest closes with a bang with Joel Lamangan s politically charged film starring Lorna Tolentino

LT'S 'FIRST INDIE.' Mrs. Burgos is all praise for Lorna's portrayal. Photo from the film's Facebook page

Six years on, Jonas Burgos' wife finally speaks

Apr 28, 2013 - 12:44 PM

Six years since her husband went missing the wife of Jonas Burgos finally speaks up

Human rights 'superbody' to prioritize Burgos case

Apr 18, 2013 - 8:19 PM

The inter agency committee is tasked to monitor the NBI probe on the Burgos case

EW EVIDENCE? This photo of Jonas Burgos was allegedly taken after his abduction in 2007.Photo from

SC to AFP: Submit reports on Burgos

Apr 12, 2013 - 12:15 PM

The SC decision in effect orders the military to produce classified documents related to a case that the latter has repeatedly disowned and denied

GOOD OLD DAYS. Jonas Burgos with his family. File photo from Newsbreak

SC issues order to protect Edita Burgos

Apr 12, 2013 - 10:43 AM

The SC orders NBI DOJ to protect Edita Burgos

AFP chief welcomes Jonas Burgos probe

Apr 04, 2013 - 7:33 PM

If warranted anybody in the armed forces can face the court But we also respect soldiers rights says Gen Bautista

AFP Chief of Staff Gen Emmanuel Bautista. Photo by RAPPLER/Carmela Fonbuena

Aquino orders 'focused' probe on Burgos case

Apr 03, 2013 - 12:53 PM

Aquino ordered the NBI through Justice Secretary de Lima to begin an exhaustive investigation on the disappearance of Jonas Burgos

NEW EVIDENCE. This photo of Jonas Burgos was allegedly taken after his abduction in 2007.Photo from

Punish officers in Burgos abduction - Bro Eddie

Apr 03, 2013 - 10:42 AM

CA’s ruling on the Jonas Burgos case only proves that the practice by military units of committing enforced disappearances against legitimate activists continues to this day – decades after democracy has been restored in the country

Jonas Burgos: Trapped in a web of lives

Apr 03, 2013 - 7:27 AM

Unless you forgive you can’t do things objectively I am single minded on one objective: to recover Jonas alive

GOOD OLD DAYS. Jonas Burgos with his family. File photo from Newsbreak

New evidence in Jonas Burgos case

Apr 01, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Burgos mother asks the Supreme Court to have his case referred back to the Court of Appeals for further hearing

NEW EVIDENCE. This photo of Jonas Burgos was allegedly taken after his abduction in 2007.Photo from

Court pins down army in Burgos case

Mar 27, 2013 - 10:36 PM

The Jonas Burgos case is the first of its kind in recent history to reach this far making the police and the military responsible and accountable for his disappearance

ARMY'S ACCOUNTABLE. The CA said the Armed Forces of the Philippines is accountable for Burgos's 2007 abduction.

'Desaparecido' law not yet signed, clarifies solon

Dec 20, 2012 - 6:50 PM

Albay Rep Edcel Lagman apologizes for announcing that the bill has been signed into law

AWAITING SIGNATURE. A bill against enforced disappearances awaits the President's signature. Activist Jonas Burgos is one of the victims of involuntary disappearance, missing since 2007. File photo

Bill vs 'order of battle' awaits Aquino OK

Oct 17, 2012 - 5:12 PM

The Senate approves the bicam report of a bill making enforced disappearances a crime

STILL MISSING. It is the 5th anniversary of the abduction of activist Jonas Burgos.

3 retired generals charged in Burgos case

Jun 09, 2012 - 12:08 PM

The complaint filed a year ago by the Burgos family with the DOJ was based on a Commission on Human Rights investigation

AFP Chiefs Tolentino, Razon and Esperon wait at the DOJ fiscal's office. 8 Jun 2012. Photo by John Javellana.

'Old news': Jonas Burgos missing

Apr 28, 2012 - 2:10 PM

Five years later they ask the same question: Where is Jonas? His family believes and hopes he is still alive

Why would the Army abduct Jonas Burgos?

Apr 28, 2012 - 11:28 AM

No other case of forced disappearance in recent history has come this close to identifying key players yet Burgos abduction has not yielded any arrests

STILL MISSING. It is the 5th anniversary of the abduction of activist Jonas Burgos.

Military records in Jonas Burgos case are secret - Court

Apr 18, 2012 - 5:04 PM

The Court of Appeals upholds military secrecy in the Jonas Burgos disappearance case