Campus press joins calls to surface missing alumnus


May 19, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reference:
Vijae Alquizola, Deputy Secretary-General, 09162034402

Former CEGP vice-pres for Visayas possibly abducted on May 15

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), on behalf of its more than 700 member campus publications nationwide, strongly condemns the enforced disappearance of Randy Malayao, former CEGP Vice-President for Visayas in 1991-1994.

Malayao is believed to have been abducted by unidentified military elements last May 15.

On the night of May 15, Malayao rode a taxicab from SM Megamall to Rosario, Pasig to visit a relative. His sent a text message to the relative that he noticed some suspicious-looking men tailing him. That was his last text message. He has not been heard of, contacted or seen since.

“We have strong reason to believe that Malayao’s abduction is yet another handiwork of the military. Malayao has no enemies to speak of, but we would not be surprised if he is considered an ‘enemy of the state’ for his political convictions and continuous work for the oppressed. We demand the immediate surfacing of Malayao, a proud CEGP alumnus and one of the Guild’s most dynamic former student leaders,” said CEGP Deputy-Secretary General Vijae Alquizola.

Alquizola also said the pattern and manner of Malayao’s forced disappearance is similar to that of another CEGP alumnus’, Jonas Burgos. Burgos was also abducted by possible military elements at a bustling mall’s food court. He has been missing since.

The CEGP is presently holding its 68th National Student Press Convention and 34th Biennial Student Press Congress in Davao City. “We vow to raise the alarm among our member publications nationwide and join our concerned alumni, Malayao’s friends and relatives in elevating the clamor for his immediate surfacing,” Alquizola said.

The CEGP is set to hold an indignation rally to condemn Malayao’s enforced disappearance on May 28 in Davao City.

Malayao was the Editor-in-Chief for two consecutive years of Mangingisda, the official campus publication of UP Visayas in Miag-Ao. He is also a brother and alumnus of the Beta Sigma fraternity in the UP Visayas.

He was elected Vice-President for Visayas during Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino’s term as CEGP President in 1991-1994. ###

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