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Sherlyn Cadapan

posted Aug 4, 2011, 2:01 PM by Diego S. Maranan   [ updated Aug 8, 2011, 11:08 AM ]

Sherlyn Cadapan was 29 years old when she, along with Karen Empeno and Manuel Merino were abducted by unidentified men in Hagonoy, Bulacan in June 26, 2006.

Prior to her forced disappearance, Sherlyn was a student at the University of the Philippines. She was a topnotch sprinter who was a varsity scholar at the College of Human Kinetics of the prestigious university. Since her family was not well-off, Sherlyn supported herself by tutoring other students. She was also a conscientious daughter who   supported her younger sister and later dropped out of school to enable her sibling to continue her studies.

Sherlyn was her College’s representative to the University Student Council. She became very active in the promotion of students’ rights and welfare. Her involvement transcended the walls of the university. Sherlyn supported workers in the picket lines and later on worked with peasant organizations. This was her involvement when elements of the military abducted her. From them, Sherlyn suffered rape and unspeakable forms of torture.

The search for Sherlyn and her companions by members of the academia, cause-oriented groups, families and friends is relentless.

In June, the Supreme Court ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines to surface Karen Empeno, Sherlyn Cadapan and Manuel Merino. Named respondents and accountable for their disappearance were retired Maj. Gen. Jovito “The Butcher” Palparan, Lt. Col. Rogelio Boac (commanding officer of the 56th Infantry Battalion), Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado (commanding officer of the 25th Infantry Battalion), 2Lt. Francis Mirabelle Samson, Arnel Enriquez and Donald Caigas (former officers of 7th Infantry Division and the 24th Infantry Battalion).