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UA 369/90 - Philippines: "disappearances": Edmundo Carias

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 35/025/1990

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 35/25/90
Distr: UA/SC
UA 369/90 "Disappearance" 6 February 2015
PHILIPPINES: Edmundo CARIAS (aged 22)
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Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of Edmundo Carias,
who was taken from his house in Davao City on 8 August 1990 at 12:50am
and detained without warrant by members of the Intelligence Security
Operations Group (ISSOG).
According to Edmundo's mother, Vicenta Carias, (aged 60), they were
both awakened after midnight on 8 August by the barking of dogs and the
sound of thudding on the doors of their home. Then three armed men burst
into their bedroom and ordered Edmundo to hold his hands up. The men,
who allegedly told Vicenta that they were "the authorities", handcuffed
Edmundo and dragged him out of the house. When his mother tried to
accompany him she was pushed away. Vicenta says other military units
were also involved in the arrest but she could not identify them.
Some hours later, Vicenta went to look for her son at the ISSOG
office but was told he was not there. On 10 August Vicenta was informed
by the ISSOG's commanding officer, that Edmundo was alive but under
investigation. Some soldiers at the office reportedly warned a woman
who had accompanied Vicenta that she would "also" be considered an NPA
member if she continued to accompany Vicenta. There was no formal
acknowledgement of the arrest.
On 14 August, Vicenta filed a writ of habeas corpus before the 11th
Regional Trial Court (Branch 15). The petition was heard on 17 August
before Judge Jesus Quitain. The respondents denied having arrested or
detained Edmundo Carias.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
According to reports, Edmundo's detention was apparently part of a hunt
for the killers of a high-ranking officer of the Philippines
Constabulary/Integrated National Police, who was believed to have been
killed by members of the New People's Army, the armed wing of the Communist
Party of the Philippines. Edmundo's "disappearance" is the latest in
a series of detentions without warrant and "disappearances" in Davao.
In some cases the "disappeared" have been found to be in incommunicado
police or military detention, and in others they have been found dead,
sometimes bearing signs of torture and ill-treatment.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters:
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- expressing concern for the physical safety of Edmundo Carias who was
taken from his home on 8 August by members of the Intelligence Special
Security Operations Group;
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- noting that Edmundo Carias' mother was allegedly informed by the ISSOG
commanding officer, that Edmundo was alive and under investigation --
but that when a petition for habeas corpus was heard on 17 August the
military respondents, denied having arrested and detained Edmundo Carias;
- urging that the whereabouts of Edmundo Carias be made known immediately
and that he be promptly released from custody or charged with a
recognizeable criminal offence;
- urging that all measures be taken to ensure the safety of Edmundo
Carias and to prevent harassment of his mother and her companion.
APPEALS TO:
President Corazon Aquino Telexes: 40414 MALCOM PN; 45618 RMC PN;
Office of the President Faxes: +63 2 8323793 (via Ministry of
Malacanang Foreign Affairs)
Manila Telegrams: President Aquino, Manila,
The Philippines Philippines
General Fidel. V. Ramos Telexes: 22471 DND PH;
Secretary of National Defense 42004 DCSLOG PM;
Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Faxes: +63 2 8323793 (via
1110 Quezon City Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
The Philippines Telegrams: Defense Secretary
Ramos, Quezon, Philippines
Gen. Lamberto Saavedra Brig. Gen. Mariano Baccay
AFP Civil Relations Officer Regional Military Commander
Camp Aguinaldo Camp Catitipan
1110 Quezon City Davao City, Mindanao
The Philippines The Philippines
Telegrams: Brig Gen Saavedra, Telegrams: Brig Gen Baccay,
Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, Camp Catitipan, Mindanao,
Philippines Philippines
COPIES TO:
Mary Concepcion Bautista Lt. Col. Franco Galida
Commission on Human Rights Metrodiscom Commander
IBP Bldg Complex Camp Domingo E. Leonor
Dona Julia Vargas Avenue 8000 Davao City
Pasig, Metro Manila The Philippines
The Philippines
and to diplomatic representatives of the Philippines in your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International
Secretariat or your section office if sending appeals after 19 October
1990.

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