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AFP ready to arrest officer over Burgos disappearance

Alexis Romero - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - The military is ready to enforce an arrest warrant against Maj. Harry Baliaga, who was implicated in the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos.

Military officials said they have yet to receive a copy of the warrant but expressed readiness to comply with the orders of the court.

“We would like to assure you that once we receive a copy of the warrant, we will effect the arrest. We respect the judicial process,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala told reporters yesterday.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said Baliaga is currently assigned at the Army Headquarters and Headquarters Support Group.

Last month, a Quezon City court issued a warrant of arrest against Baliaga in connection with the disappearance of Burgos, who has been missing since 2007.  

State prosecutors said Baliaga had been positively identified by a witness as among those who abducted Burgos at a restaurant in Quezon City. They have recommended the filing of arbitrary detention charges against the Army major and four others.

ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES

ARMY HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS SUPPORT GROUP

BALIAGA

BURGOS

HARRY BALIAGA

JONAS BURGOS

MAJ

QUEZON CITY

RAMON ZAGALA

RANDOLPH CABANGBANG

WARRANT

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