Fil-Am activist names torturers

Roxas mentions ‘RC,’ ‘Dex,’ ‘Rose,’ ‘James,’ ‘Boss.

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino-American activist who returned from the United States to back her claim of having been abducted and tortured by state agents named her tormentors at a public hearing conducted Thursday by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

For five hours marked by a couple of short breaks, Melissa Roxas, 31, detailed a six-day ordeal in May, mentioning “RC,” “Dex,” “Rose,” “James,” and a man whom they referred to alternately as “Boss” or “Sir.”

Roxas, a member of the US chapter of the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-USA) and of the Los Angeles-based cultural group Habi Arts, occasionally took long pauses before answering a question, as if gathering courage. At times her voice cracked, or trailed off.

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