Jonas Burgos, 41

Edita Burgos is going to court. There is a ruffle of white lace at her throat. The cap of dark hair is the same, the black jacket and fading slacks the same. She sits quietly, smiling and nodding at the newcomers who come to offer their support. She has the complaint in a folder, along with a cover letter addressed to the prosecutor general.

“It is therefore with a ray of hope that I am herewith filing my Affidavit Complaint,” reads her letter, “for the violation of Article 124 of the Revised Penal Code (Arbitrary Detention) or possibly murder, in the enforced disappearance of my son.”
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Jun 11, 2011 under People | 3 comments

Assault on reason

A little past eight in the evening of February 3, 2011, a group of plainclothes policemen raided a high-end relaxation spa in the Metrowalk Ortigas Center on Meralco Avenue. Clients on massage tables heard shouts from the outside—“Dapa, dapa!” One man sweating alone inside the dry sauna, shouted at by one of the policemen—“Nagtatago ka, ’no?”—left the sauna to join the six other men sitting along the hallway. He thought it was a holdup. It never occurred to him that the spa was in any fashion illegitimate. When he asked a woman who stood in the hallway speaking into a police radio, she told them it was a raid.
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Feb 20, 2011 under General, Opinions | 3 comments

Execution

THE road was not dark at 7:30 p.m. on February 17. The streetlamps lit Edsa a fluorescent white. Taillights burned red and yellow. Just ahead, McDonald’s arches glowed neon against a backdrop of northern traffic. It was Tuesday night in Quezon City, and it sounded the same as any other Tuesday night in Quezon City: the whine of police whistles, the rough idling of car motors, the random impatient shout. And then the gunshots. Like the report of a car tire. Or a hammer pounded to wood. Or a bullet exploding out of a .45 caliber pistol. Once, twice, thrice, yellow fire bursting from the mouth of a pistol.
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Mar 8, 2009 under Politics | no comment

Dodging Bullets

PHILIPPINE National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa believes that the issue should be laid to rest. By issue, he means the P6.9 million in euros found in the hand carry luggage of PNP comptroller Eliseo de la Paz, who was in Moscow with an 8-man delegation for the 77th Intepol General Assembly. The piles of euro bills amounted to 105,000, and were enough to detain De la Paz and his wife at the Moscow airport just as they were leaving to fly to Warsaw on extended vacation.
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Nov 8, 2008 under General | no comment

In the line of duty

This is what happened one night in October.

Thirty-year-old Central Bank employee Ivy Maria Cinco was walking down the parking lot of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. along Roxas Boulevard at the corner of Dr. Quintos Street. It was 2:30 in the morning when a man on a motorcycle swung past Cinco and her 51-year-old companion Bruce Miller. Cinco said the man attempted to grab her bag. The bag contained over P30,000 in cash and valuables. Miller and Cinco wrestled for the bag. There was shouting, and grappling, and the pounding footsteps of Pagcor’s security guards. The man on the motorcycle was arrested; his 9mm service pistol was confiscated. His name is Abraham Mamicao, police officer 2 from Lardizabal Street in Sampaloc, currently assigned to the Manila Police District Station 9.
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Oct 26, 2008 under General | no comment