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State of Denial - Philippines

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Published on 13 Sep 2007

May 2007
Since President Gloria Arroyo came to power in 2001, hundreds of people have disappeared. There are claims the military is targeting those viewed as a threat to the government.

"I miss Karen very, very much", sobs Karen Empeno's mother. The young student was abducted one night by a group of armed men. Her family believe Karen, like hundreds of others, was caught up in a dirty war between the army and left wing political groups. Many of the disappearances have been blamed on Major-General Palparan. Palparan believes there's no real difference between armed guerrillas and left-wing students like Karen. "They are assisting farmers to invite them to revolution". He also blames the Communists for the unrest, saying "They have to disappear".

Produced by ABC Australia
Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

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