President Benigno Aquino III should now step in and order the Armed Forces of the Philippines to release University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and Bulacan farmer Manuel Merino, Edita Burgos said on Wednesday.
As commander in chief, Mr. Aquino has the power to compel the AFP to comply with the Supreme Court’s order to immediately release the three missing activists, said Burgos, whose son Jonas, also remains missing.
Burgos said the President should “take up the cudgels” for the disappeared whose families she said had no other recourse if the military defied the SC order.
“It’s the correct, right thing to do for us to know the truth. I have faith in the President. He has a Christian heart. He will do what is right,” she said in an interview by phone.
The Supreme Court recently found retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and five other military personnel liable for the abduction and detention of Cadapan, Empeño and Merino and ordered the AFP to immediately release the missing activists.
But the military insisted it was not keeping them in its custody.
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