Wednesday, July 19, 2006

SC to AFP: Produce Missing Students

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The Supreme Court ordered the military to produce two students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman who have been missing since June.

In a resolution, the High Court ordered Northern Luzon Command Commanding Officer Maj. Gen. Romeo Tolentino, and 7th Infantry Division Commanding General Jovito Palparan to produce before the Court of Appeals students Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeno and farmer Manuel Merino on July 24, 2006 at 10 a.m.

Parents of both students have filed a petition for habeas corpus at the Supreme Court earlier this week. Concepcion Empeno said they are seeking the High Court's help as a last recourse. Efforts to locate the two students in Bulacan, north of Manila proved to be futile.

They told the Court that Cadapan and Empeno were abducted allegedly by elements of the Philippine Army at dawn on June 26, 2006 in Barangay San Miguel, Hagonoy, Bulacan.

"On the way out, the said soldiers also took Manuel Merino who went out to assist the girls and was instead brutalized and tied down and taken from an adjacent house," the petitioners said.

The petitioners also pointed out that there have been 181 abductions since the start of the Arroyo administration.

"...It is for this Honorable Court to weild the correcting hand ... and there will be others who will be abducted by bonneted men in the dead of the night; there will be those who will be killed by assassins- for their membership in the supposed communist fronts," the petitioners added.

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