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Where is Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado & Nilo Arado?

An appeal posted at TALSIK YAHOO GROUP to help find 2 missing Political Activist, reportedly abducted at gunpoint, any tip or info related to the case please send email to beyondgma@yahoo.com. The only leads so far: The victims' vehicle was found burned in Januiay, Iloilo, Philippines for more information on the case visit Arkibong Bayan.

FACTSHEET

Case: Abduction Frustrated Murder

Victims: Ma. Luisa Posa- Dominado

Nilo Arado

Jose Ely T. Garachico

Date of Incident: April 12, 2007

9:30 pm

Place of Incident: Brgy. Cabanbanan, Oton, Iloilo

Perpetrators: Unidentfied armed men

Date of Documentation: April 13, 2007

A black Mitsubishi L200 pick-up with plate number FEA 789 carrying Ma. Luisa Dominado, Nilo Arado, and Jose Ely Garachico was blocked by a Mitsubishi van with unidentified armed men at Brgy. Cabanbanan (around 7 km. from Iloilo City), Oton, Iloilo, April 12, 9:30 pm.

Garachico, 51, public information officer of the human rights groups Karapatan in Panay, was shot in the neck by an unknown caliber firearm and was ordered to get off the driver's seat. He was left behind.

Garachico may undergo surgery to remove the slug still embedded in his chest. He is currently in the intensive care unit of the Iloilo Doctors Hospital in Iloilo City.

Dominado, 52, is the spokesperson of the Samahan nga mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Para sa Amnestiya (Selda-Panay). Arado, 39, is chairperson of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), regional coordinator of Anakpawis in Panay and national council member of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. Both were forcibly taken into a green Mitsubishi van with plate number FVF 463, according to the police blotter report of Oton Municipal Police Station


Witnesses, however, claim that Dominado was forced on-board a white/gray van with plate number FVF 463. Arado was taken forced separately into a maroon Starex vehicle (GEW/GEM 874/847).

Garachico told investigators that they were on their way home from the capital town of San Jose in Antique when they noticed a green colored Mitsubishi van tailing them from Guimbal town, 24 km south of Iloilo City. SPO3 RA Acuesta, SPO2 LH Haro, PO3 MH Corpin, PO3 Jo Gatuslao, PO2 JRS Pabalan, and`PO2 JVG Minerva Sr. of the Oton Municipal Police station conducted the investigation.


The three had just attended an assembly of the partylist group Anakpawis in the province of Antique. Garachico tried to outrun the van but it managed to overtake their vehicle at Brgy. Parara, Tigbauan, Iloilo and cut the path of the vehicle of the activists in Barangay Cabanbanan, Oton.

The pickup truck of the activists were found at dawn of April 13 badly burned at a sugarcane field in Janiuay town 33 north west of Iloilo City or 30 km from where the victims were waylaid.

Insp. Efren Nimbra, Janiuay police chief, said residents of Barangay Guadalupe reported to the police after they saw the van in flames shortly after they heard a loud explosion between 2:00am -3:00 am, April 13.

As of this writing, the whereabouts of Nilo Arado and Ma. Luisa Dominado could not be ascertained.

Capt. Lowen Gil Marquez, Chief of 32nd Civil Relations Unit (32nd CRU) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Iloilo dispelled accusations that the AFP is behind the incident. Marquez asserted that investigators should also look at other possible angles like business conflicts involving the victims, `ambush me" theory, and the rift within the Communist Party of the Philippines where disgruntled elements may have a direct hand in the incident. #


Prepared by:

KARAPATAN-Panay

c/o Room 203 La Salette Bldg.

Valeria St., Iloilo City

Tel./Fax No. (033) 300-0408

Below is the account of the most recent cased of political repression in the country. Attached is the statement of May Wan and Tamara Dominado, the daughters of Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado on the forcible disappearance of their mother.

I have known, Ma. Luisa or Luing during the Marcos dictatorship period when we were both imprisoned in Iloilo in July 1973 and then transferred to Cebu and finally to Ipil Detention Center. She was I think only 18 years old at that time but was already committed to the struggle to end the dictatorship and to fight for a better life for the majority of our people.

She was imprisoned several times after being released in 1974, the last time I think during the Aquino administration. I remember seeing a poster of her and her daughter May Wan, who was only a young girl at that time asking for her release. May Wan is now a law graduate and was supposed to start her bar review classes at the UP Law Center this summer when her mother was abducted. She won't be able to review this summer as she and her daughter join other relatives of victims of human rights violation in the country in seeking justice for their loved ones.

Luing has been in the forefront of organizing former political detainees in Iloilo and Panay through SELDA and has been one of those who successfully lobbied the city government to have a memorial containing the names of those who were killed or have disappeared during the martial law years erected in one of Iloilo City's plazas.

It is with heavy heart that I learned of her abduction together with Nilo Arado of Anak Pawis Panay and the attempted murder of Liboy Garachico of KARAPATAN last April 12. Luing , Nilo and Liboy who survived the long dark years of the Marcos dictatorship are the latest victims of the present administration Oplan Bantay Laya policy.

The Macapagal-Arroyo regime continues to trample on people's rights in spite of widespread local and international condemnation of the extrajudicial killings and forceable disappearance of activists in the country. Her public commendation in her 2006 State of the Nation Address of Former General Jovito Palparan who has been implicated in many cases of political killings and disappearances in Mindoro, Samar, Leyte, Bulacan and Pampanga gave official blessings to the
military to continue with the extermination of activists, personalities and citizens considered "enemies of the state".

I join May Wan and Tamara Dominado and the relatives of Nilo Arado in their appeal to surface Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado. Please write letters to the following calling on the release of Luing and Nilo.

H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
President of the Republic
Malacanang Palace,
JP Laurel St., San Miguel
Manila Philippines
Voice: (+632) 564 1451 to 80
Fax: (+632) 742-1641 / 929-3968
Cell#: (+ 63) 919 898 4622 / (+63) 917 839 8462
E-mail: corres@op.gov.ph, opnet@ops.gov.ph

Sec. Jesus D. Dureza
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
*Office of the Peace Process
7th Floor Agustin Building I
Emerald Avenue
Pasig City 1605
Voice: +63 (2) 636 0701 to 066
Mobile:
Fax: +63 (2) 635 9579
Email: osec@opapp.gov.ph

Gen. Hermogenes Ebdane, (Ret.)
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Room 301 DND Building, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo,
E. de los Santos Avenue
Quezon City
Voice: +63(2) 911-9281 / 911-0488
Fax: +63(2) 911 6213
Email: osnd@philonline.com

Sec. Raul M. Gonzalez
Secretary of Justice
Padre Faura Street, Manila
Direct Line 521-8344; 5213721
Trunkline 523-84-81 loc.214
Telefax 521-1614
Email: sad@doj.gov.ph
or log on to Web site.

Hon. Purificacion V. Quisumbing
Chairperson, Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., UP Complex
Commonwealth Avenue
Dilim Quezon City
Philippines
Fax: (+632) 929 0102
Email: drpvq@chr.gov.ph

Thank you.

Prof. Judy M. Taguiwalo
Former Political Prisoner
Associate Professor
College of Social Work and Community Development
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Philippines

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At around 9:30 PM, April 12, 2007, Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado of SELDA-Panay, Jose Ely "Liboy" Garachico of KARAPATAN, and Nilo Arado of BAYAN-Panay and ANAKPAWIS were on their way to Iloilo City from Antique when they were ambushed at Brgy. Cabanbanan, Oton, Iloilo, Phlippines. Their vehicle, a Mitsubishi L200 pick-up, was overtaken by two vans. Two armed men got off from one of the vans, shot the driver, Liboy Garachico, who was then grabbed and thrown to the street. Witnesses saw that an unconscious Nilo Arado was carried off to an L300 van while a resisting Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado was dragged to a Starex van. One of the suspects then took the victims' vehicle and sped off to an unknown destination along with the two other vans.

The witnesses immediately rushed to the wounded Liboy Garachico and brought him to Iloilo Doctor's Hospital. At around 4 AM of the next day, the victims' burned vehicle was found at Brgy. Guadalupe, Janiuay, Iloilo.

At the moment, both Ma. Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado are still missing and Garachico is still in the ICU.

The Posa Family condemns this brutal act. We hope that our relatives, friends and the sympathetic public will persistently support our call for the release of Ma.Luisa Posa-Dominado and Nilo Arado and pressure their abductors to bring them back alive and unharmed. We pray for the complete recovery of Liboy Garachico. We demand that the perpetrators be brought into the open to face the full force of the law.

Let us fight to stop all political repression and extrajudicial killings!

Join the SAVE MA. LUISA POSA-DOMINADO AND NILO ARADO MOVEMENT!

Sign the Petition STOP THE EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES NOW!!!.


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