o Jonas Burgos was abducted by 4-8 unidentified men.
o The Burgos family was expecting Jonas to be home that night.
· April 29, 2007
o The Burgos family tried contacting Jonas’ cell phone.
o Jonas texted by 10:45 am. Saying “Sensya na, naliligo lang.
o The family was able to talk to Jonas but he appeared drugged/drunk. He was talking nonsense.
· April 30, 2007
o The family held a press conference at Q.C. and announced that Jonas Burgos, son of press freedom icon Joe Burgos, is missing.
o A witness appeared at a show in ABS – CBN stating that he (witness) saw Jonas being abducted by 4 unidentified men at Hapag Kainan, Ever gotesco, commonwealth.
· May 1, 2007
o Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) conducted an investigation. 2 more witnesses appeared and confirmed that Jonas was abducted by 4 men while a lady companion and two other men acted as back up. While Jonas was being dragged he kept on shouting
“AKTIBISTA LANG PO AKO!”
o One of the witnesses, a security guard on duty, tried to intervene with the group and was told by one of the abductors
“PARE PULIS!”. The abductors then dragged Jonas to a waiting Maroon Toyota Revo with plate no. TAB 164.
o The CIDU was able to produce a cartographic sketch of the two suspects.
· May 2, 2007
o Former President Corazon C. Aquino expressed concern over the abduction of Jonas.
· May 3, 2007
o World press freedom day. Visit at Joe Burgos’ puntod at San Miguel Camp Tecson visit
o Candle Lighting at Bantayog ng mga bayani
o Cory statement
· May 4
o Indignation rally at the People power monument
o CHR statement addressed to AFP PNP to find jonas
o E.U. ambassador Alistair Macdonald statement
o Crame picket
o Rally – Timog Circle
o Van plates traced to camp of 56th IB
o 56th IB denies involvement, says plates were stolen by settlers
o Visited mothers including President Aquino in her home in Quezon City
o Makati Rally to EU Embassy visit
o Col. Melquiades Feliciano , CO of 56th IB, is suspended over stolen plates
o Jam for Jonas, artists unite for Jonas.
o Mothers Day sharing for families of Desaparecidos
o Motored to Abucay, Bataan to verify the identity of male cadaver
o Rally from Philcoa to QC Memorial Circle with relatives and friends of desaparecidos
o 56th IB visit
o Sighting of Jonas in Mariveles, Bataan was reported. It turned out to be a false ID.
Additional information from GMA News Research
May 25, 2007
Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona joined a protest rally of militant groups in front of Camp Aguinaldo calling for the release of Jonas.
AFP used music to silence the rally.
May 28, 2007
Five Philippine Army officers and personnel implicated in the abduction of Jonas showed up before police investigators at Camp Crame and denied any involvement in the crime.
May 29, 2007
Dr. Burgos met with Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to seek his help in finding Jonas.
June 1, 2007
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Angel Lagdameo posted on his blog and on YouTube a prayer seeking the safe release of Jonas.
June 2, 2007
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called Dr. Burgos to express her concern about Jonas. The President also reminded her to go see Gen. Esperon.
June 8, 2007
The Burgos family started a prayer campaign for the release of Jonas.
June 13, 2007
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines called on their colleagues to "keep vigil" and continue working to tear the "curtain of darkness."
June 15, 2007
Mrs. Burgos took the witness stand during the Commission on Human Rights hearing on the case of Jonas. »
In the same hearing, Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Major General Delfin Bangit denied that the intelligence unit has anything to do with the abduction, stressing that Jonas "is not an enemy of the state."
June 22, 2007
Dr. Burgos received a received text message claiming Jonas is already dead. She said she did not believe it.
June 27, 2007
In a statement, Dr. Burgos accused the Philippine Army of kidnapping his son. She also said Esperon is "covering up the crime committed against Jonas."
July 3, 2007
Army chief Lieutenant General Romeo Tolentino said the military is looking into the possible involvement of Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade, a breakaway faction of the Communist Party of the Philippines in the abduction of Jonas.
July 5, 2007
Armed Forces Chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon said that he has been advised by the Judge Advocate General’s Office that releasing the AFP Provost Marshal report to the Burgos family was no longer necessary.
July 6, 2007
Dr. Burgos said she found striking similarities between the cartographic sketches of the suspects in the abduction of five supporters of former President Joseph Estrada in Quezon City last year and those in the abduction of her son.