Sunday, April 27, 2014

Open letter to PNoy

April 27, 2014
Divine Mercy Sunday

Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III
The President of the Philippines

Mr. President:
Tomorrow, April 28, 2014, as we sadly commemorate the 7th anniversary of the abduction of Jonas, we recall how a few days before you were sworn in as President of the Republic of the Philippines, we were so full of hope. We, my children and I, thought that it would be just a matter of time before we would find Jonas. Our hope was anchored on your promise to do what you could ‘on the basis of evidence’ when I, accompanied by my son, personally pleaded for your help.  
This was almost four years ago, June, 2010.   
May I refresh your memory Mr. President—just by focussing on the evidence on the Jonas case:
Ø   On March 15, 2011 the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) submitted its report to the Supreme Court (SC) naming Maj. Harry Baliaga as the principal abductor of Jonas. The CHR findings were upheld by the SC in July 5, 2011, directing the military to produce Jonas.
Ø    In June 2011 I filed a criminal case with the DOJ against Harry Baliaga and Eduardo Año, et al based on the CHR findings. 
Ø   In Dec. 2, 2012 in spite of this pending preliminary investigation, Eduardo Año is appointed chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), Later Eduardo Año is promoted from Brigadier General to Major General, in spite of my objections filed with the Court of Appointments. 
Ø   March 18, 2013 the Court of Appeals has found that: a) the abduction of Jonas Burgos is a case of Enforced Disappearance; b) Maj. Harry Baliaga Jr. is held responsible for the abduction of Jonas; and c) the Armed Forces of the Philippines and elements of the AFP, particularly the Philippine Army are accountable for the abduction of Jonas Burgos.   The same findings were later upheld by the Supreme Court in its ruling dated February 2, 2014.
Ø   In the light of the new evidence I have submitted to the SC on April 1, 2013, on April 4, 2013, you issued a directive to the Department of Justice (DOJ)  to order the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a ‘focused, dedicated and exhaustive investigation on the Jonas Burgos case … to ferret out the truth…’.  Mr. President more than a year has passed since this order was given, may I know if this order elicited any result?
Ø  On April 12, 2013, the SC has ordered the chief of the AFP to locate the officers who abducted Jonas, and has issued a Temporary Protection Order to me and members of my family in cognizance of the critical value of the new evidence I submitted to the SC.  
Ø  On February 2, 2014, the same CA resolution was upheld by the Supreme Court
o   Jonas was forcibly disappeared
o   Maj. Harry Baliaga of the Philippine Army is held responsible for the disappearance.
o   The AFP-Phillippine Army is accountable for the disappearance of Jonas.
May we highlight the following facts:
Ø   In spite of the unfulfilled SC order to produce Jonas, no one has been penalized or found accountable;
Ø   In spite of the overwhelming evidence that the military is accountable for Jonas’ disappearance, you have not acted on the case as you promised;
Ø    In spite of your Order to the DOJ-NBI, there has been no ‘dedicated and exhaustive investigation’ on the case.
Ø   Meanwhile, those we believe were responsible for giving the orders to abduct Jonas, were promoted and even appointed to crucial positions which could enhance and encourage the climate of impunity, now prevalent in our country. 
As we immerse ourselves in God’s Mercy today, April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, I bring to His most Compassionate Heart the victims of enforced disappearance and other human rights violations, the perpetrators of these inhumanity, all mankind, and you Mr. President, that the Lord of Mercies would touch our hearts and provide the grace that we need most at the moment.  Enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus, may you cast a glance at us victims of, especially Jonas and his family.  
I pray that compassion, courage and determination to resolve our cases would embrace your  whole being as you glance at us.
Dasal namin na meron pa ring parte ng puso nyo na nakikita ang tuloy tuloy na pagdurusa ng mga maraming biktima,(pamilya at nagmamhal) ng mga sapilitang nawawala.

In the love of the God of Mercy,
Mother of Jonas  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


...and those who were with us in prayer.
“Whoare you, sweet light, who fills me
andbrightens the darkness of my heart?
Youguide me like a maternal hand,
Andif you were to abandon me,
 I could not take another step.”
--St. Edith Stein prayed this prayer on the last Pentecostof her life.

Amidst the compliments, the support, the undeniable affirmation we receive from you, the darkness of the heart  encircled by the SPACE we know as the HOLY SPIRIT, can only tell us, ‘to God be the glory!’ All these are but a glimmer of HIS grace, so abundant in the crosses of mylife.  Our eternal gratitude to HIM who loved us first.

And to those who were and are His instruments accept the gratitude of the Burgos family and our fellow victims.  Salamat po sa inyo: Director Joel Lamangan , Heaven’s Best Entertainment, Ms. Harlene Bautista-Tejedor, Mr. Ricardo Lee, and all those involved in the production;  Ms. Lorna Tolentino, Rocco Nacino, Dimples Romana, Allen Dizon, Ina Feleo, Kerbie Zamora,  Bangs Garcia, and Barbara Miguel and all the actors and actresses; Dennis Evangelista and the work force behind the scenes.  Pagpalain kayo ng Diyos.

Tomy family, children, brothers, relatives … fellow Carmelites, to Human Rights advocates, to dear faithful friends, to my fellow victims… and all who wonder why, I, a very private person, now allow the public to get a glimpse into the life of the Burgos family, the film is for you.

When Director Joel proposed the idea of the film, my first motion was to just smile and shrug it off… but prayer within the year (from the time the idea was broached to the first interview with Ricky Lee), has led me to go ‘out of the walls  of Jerusalem’. Jesus was taken outside the city gates, to die in that unholy place, Calvary.  Thus, we know that ‘the love of God can be found precisely where in the eyes of men and women, God is not present.  The Cross of Christ is imbedded in the middle of a sinful sea of humanity.   I am urged to look for His face among all, the weakest to the strongest, the voiceless to the loud, including those who are furthest away.

I share with you the core message of the film … that our main preoccupation, our passion is to practice persevering and continual prayer.  To pray …while we search for Jonas or try to keep still to listen, to  pray…while we laugh and sing or as we shed tears and hug each other to ease the sorrow.  All should emanate from the heart… an overflow of love for The Unseen Lover reaching out to the ‘seen’ unloved. Then everything becomes a unifying and uninterrupted prayer. Then when the moment comes that we are no longer able to say a word of prayer because the pain is so deep or the joy is so immense, then that moment will also be prayer. 

Maraming,maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. 

God be praised for ever!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Joel Lamangan: Ilitaw si Jonas Burgos!

Award winning director and activist Joel Lamangan holds a photo of Jonas Burgos in support of the cause.  Lamangan is directing the life story of Edita Burgos.  The film will give people a glimpse into the lives of her family and their search for Jonas.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cardinal Tagle officiates mass for Jonas Burgos

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle's message during the mass for Justice last 25 April 2013 is to not lose hope.  "Because if we don't get justice from the courts of man, they will face the Court of God."

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I am Jonas Burgos

To mark the 6th year of Jonas' abduction, Netizens are being urged to make the photo above their profile pic for a week.  Please join us.  If you have a Facebook account, please visit the Free Jonas Burgos Movement and click or share the "i am Jonas Burgos" post.  Your support for this campaign is highly appreciated.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Join the mass for Jonas this April 25

Please join the family tomorrow, Thursday 25 April 2013, as they hear mass for Truth and Justice in observance of the 6th year of Jonas Burgos' abduction.  The mass will be held at Quiapo Church by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, 10 am.  A symbolic call for action will also be held after the mass.  Your support is highly appreciated.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jonas Burgos photo surfaced

5 years and 338 days of search and only a photo of Jonas Burgos surfaced.  Taken days after he was abducted...a handkerchief used as blindfold still around his neck.  It is the family's hope this photo and other newly found evidences will finally bring them closer to finding Jonas Burgos.

Click the link below to go to RedAntsProduction Video