Kalbaryo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan: Children Cry Justice
Baclaran Redemptorist Church, Paranaque City/April 20, 2011- They come every year. It has become a tradition for families of the disappeared, surfaced victims, friends and human rights advocates to gather at the Flame of Courage Monument –the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecidos remembering and expressing their misery over the injustice caused by the loss of their loved ones who were involuntarily disappeared without a trace.
This time, it is the victims’ children turn of conveying their pain and anguish. They too are victims; denied of truth as to the whereabouts of their parents and relatives. They have long wanted to put a closure, to know what really happened to their parents so they could move on and have peace of mind.
The Samahan ng mga Anak ng Desaparecidos (SAD) whose members have dealt with their trauma and honed their skills through integrated theater arts performed a brief yet informative and moving cultural presentation on the situation of enforced disappearance in the country.
Using dance, body movements and tableaux the children portrayed enforced disappearance, its definition, statistics, interspersed with the testimonies of victims and message of encouragement from the officers of FIND.
SAD’s performance gave emphasis on the continuing occurrence of enforced disappearance compounded by the absence of a law prohibiting the commission of such inhuman act.
It culminated with a call urging President Benigno Aquino III to prioritize the passage of an Anti-Enforced Disappearance law and the Philippine State’s immediate signing and accession to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
More or less one hundred individuals including FIND members, representatives from human rights organizations and the media (The Philippine Star and DZBB) were present supporting the victims and their families’ cause in fighting impunity and ultimately ending enforced disappearance.