Luis Francia Says: Open Your Eyes

Luis Francia writes “The Artist Abroad” column for The Philippine Inquirer. The following quote is taken from his article, “A Country Is Not Just a Site on a Map,” filed 27 July 2009:

Right now, the most powerful state agency in the Philippines is the military, the poisonous legacy of the Marcos regime, and it acts with impunity, an impunity in which President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been complicit.

This past May 19th three members of a medical-relief mission were forced into a dark blue van by a group of armed men in the village of Kapanildan, town of La Paz, Tarlac. The lone female abductee was a 31-year-old American citizen of Filipino parentage by the name of Melissa Roxas. Her two companions were Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Jandoc, Filipino citizens. Roxas was the first to be released, almost surely because she was an American national, on May 25th, at 6:30 a.m., when she was dropped off near a relative’s home, and provided with a mobile phone through which one of her interrogators called her shortly after. She was warned not to contact Karapatan, the human-rights organization that keeps track of such incidents.

She was tortured, dear blog readers.

Stay tuned.

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