[Event] 12 years and counting… will there ever be justice for missing PICOP 6 workers? -FIND

Human Rights Online Philippines

12 years and counting… will there ever be justice for missing PICOP 6 workers?

Joseph Belar, Jovencio Lagare, Romualdo Orcullo, Diosdado Oliver, Artemio Ayala, Jr. and Arnold Dangkiasan were sub-contractual workers of the PICOP Resources Inc. who were arrested and forcibly disappeared on the night of October 14, 2000 in Sta. Maria, Trento, Agusan del Sur. They were at the entrance of a videoke bar when CorporalRodrigo Billones of the 62nd Infantry Battalion herded the six kargador of logs to the nearby military camp.

On 13 November 2000, relatives of the PICOP 6 assisted by the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) filed a Petition for the Writ of Habeas Corpus which was withdrawn a year later in favor of a criminal case of Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention lodged on 29 November 2001 against Corporal Billones.

An eyewitness, Sgt. Esequias Duyogan, then a member of the…

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