Fil-Am activist bares ordeal

The alleged abduction and torture of Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas by the military calls for the immediate passage of the anti-torture bill pending in both chambers of Congress, House legislators said Wednesday.

They came out with the proposal after they heard the testimony of Roxas before the House Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III. During the hearing, Roxas broke into tears several times while reading her statement in which she narrated her ordeal in the hands of her abductors.

Roxas, who was forcibly taken by armed men in La Paz, Tarlac last May 19 and surfaced six days later, said that she was subjected to physical and mental torture during her captivity.

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