Keep them in our thoughts

It's hard to lose someone you care about.
It's even harder when they are community leaders who have contributed so much of their lives to fighting for the rights of the oppressed and marginalized.
It's harder still when you lose them to unjust, politically-motivated arrest, kidnap, or murder.

The Filipino activists below are but few of the wonderful people that we have lost over the years. (Learn more about the many others here.)


  • Sherlyn Cadapan 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 ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2011, 11:08 AM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Karen Empeño Last July 22, 2011 was Karen Empeno’s 28th birthday. For five consecutive years following her abduction, Empeno’s relatives and friends have observed her birthday by calling on ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2011, 5:14 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • James Balao (Text taken from the Amnesty International Canada website.)James Balao, one of the founders of a prominent Philippines Indigenous peoples' movement, has not been seen since September 17 [2008]. It ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2011, 1:43 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Jonas Burgos Jonas Burgos, a farmer and activist and son of the late press freedom icon and newspaper publisher Jose Burgos, was having lunch at a Quezon City mall in April 28 ...
    Posted Aug 8, 2011, 11:16 AM by Diego S. Maranan
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  • Leonard Co Leonard Co, the Philippines’s premiere botanist, along with Sofronio Cortez and guide Julius Borromeo were killed in Kananga, Leyte in November 15, 2010.     Co and his research team were ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2011, 1:15 PM by Diego S. Maranan
  • Alice Omengan-Claver Alice Omengan-Claver was a native of Sagada, Mountain Province and wife of Dr. Chandu Claver. As a college student in Manila during the 1980s, she was an active member ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2011, 5:19 PM by Diego S. Maranan
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  • Ericson Acosta Last February 13, 2011 in San Jorge, Samar, members of the AFP’s 34th IB arrested cultural worker Ericson Acosta on mere suspicion that he is a member of the ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2011, 1:12 PM by Diego S. Maranan
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