Happy birthday, Luing, from Marie and Malcolm!

It was in April 2007, just weeks after we had spent time with her in Iloilo, Philippines, that our friend Ma Luisa Posa Dominado, or Luing, was abducted along with her companion, Nilo Arado. They were on their way back from an election meeting with Bayan Muna when their vehicle was ambushed and the driver, human rights worker Leeboy Garachico, left for dead with bullet in his neck. We spent time in Panay this June 2009 with Luing’s daughters, MayWan and Tamara, and her friends and comrades. We interviewed the police and military who have done little to find the abductors, leading us to believe that once again they were involved. There has been no news yet of Luing’s or Nilo’s whereabouts, but we will continue, with her daughters, friends and supporters to keep struggling for their surfacing. Happy 54th birthday, dear Luing.

Birthday celebration in abstentia in Iloilo, Panay, Philippines for Ma Luisa Posa Dominado, or Luing.

Birthday celebration in abstentia in Iloilo, Panay, Philippines for Ma Luisa Posa Dominado, or Luing.

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