June 4, 2008. As the Court of Appeals conducted a hearing for the combined writ of amparo and writ of habeas corpus to compel the Philippine military to surface abducted UP students Karen Empeno & Sherlyn Cadapan, dozens of activists including relatives of the missing staged a picket outside the premises of the second highest court in the country. I went to the picket and I also spoke in behalf of the University Student Council and the other concerned students of UP, where both Karen & Sherlyn come from. Bang and Lester were also there.
The demonstration started along Taft Avenue where a small rally was held. Our photos at Taft Avenue actually landed on the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s front page, but the photo was cut off right before I was supposed to appear, so you just have to take my word for it. But that’s besides the point. From Taft Avenue, we marched along Padre Faura on the way to the Court of Appeals where the main program was conducted.
After half an hour, the counsels and the parents of the missing UP students came out of the Court of Appeals and shared to the crowd what happened at the hearing. The hearing was apparently adjourned without rendering the writs. That was already the eighth hearing for the case, and the ninth was scheduled on a later date.