‘Coward,’ missing students’ moms call Palparan after ex-general seeks to remain at NBI

 
"I wonder where Palparan gets his arrogance. What victory has he achieved in the battlefield against the New People's Army? All those areas where he was assigned as commander are still considered by the military as strongholds of the NPA."  - Aya Santos, Secretary General, Desaparecidos

InterAksyon.com | Philippine News Agency
August 14, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The mothers of two University of the Philippines students whose abduction and disappearance retired Army general Jovito Palparan is charged with called him a “coward” on Thursday after he sought to remain in detention at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila.

Duwag si Palparan, sinungaling pa (Palparan is a coward and a liar),” Linda Cadapan and Connie Empeno said in a statement.

Palparan is facing kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges for the 2006 abduction of their daughters Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno in Bulacan.

The former general, dubbed the “Butcher” by human rights activists who accuse him of the rash of human rights abuses in areas where he served as military commander, was captured by the NBI and naval intelligence in Sta. Mesa, Manila on Tuesday after almost three years in hiding.

Soon after his arrest, he said he was willing to be jailed anywhere and would not seek special treatment as he maintained he was innocent of the charges against him.

Despite his controversial reputation, top military officials were quick to praise him after his arrest, citing his exploits in the service, and said soldiers even call Palparan “idol.”

On Wednesday, Judge Teodora Gonzales of Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 ordered the NBI to present Palparan personally and for him to be detained at the Bulacan provincial jail.

However, on Thursday, Palparan’s lawyer, Narzal Mallares, filed the “urgent ex parte” asking that the former general be allowed to remain at the NBI because of alleged plans by the New People’s Army to assassinate him.

Reacting to Palparan’s bid, the two mothers said: “Sinabi niyang handa siyang makulong kahit saan. Pero ngayon, gusto na naman niyang suwayin ang korte (He said he was prepared to be jailed anywhere. But now he is again defying the court).

They also recalled that, before the warrant for his arrest was issued, “sinabi rin niyang handa siyang harapin ang mga kasong isinampa. Sa halip pinagtaguan niya ito nang tatlong taon (he said he was ready to face the charges against him. Instead, he hid for almost three years).”

In the event the court grants Palparan his motion, they said, “mukhang lumalabo na naman ang hustisyang hinahangad naming (it would seem the justice we have been seeking will dim again).”

Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, which is helping prosecute Palparan, said they would oppose the motion during the former general’s arraignment on Monday, August 18.

Olalia said the law requires an accused person to be detained at the police station detention cell or jail nearest the court trying the case.

He said the NBI, the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology are capable of protecting Palparan in detention.

Olalia also added that it would be more difficult to secure Palparan every time he has to travel from the NBI headquarters to Bulacan for hearings instead of if he is detained at the Bulacan jail, which is just a stone’s throw from the court.

Palparan’s arrogance, a coward’s mask—Desaparecidos

"I wonder where Palparan gets his arrogance. What victory has he achieved in the battlefield against the New People's Army? All those areas where he was assigned as commander are still considered by the military as strongholds of the NPA."  - Aya Santos, Secretary General, Desaparecidos

“I wonder where Palparan gets his arrogance. What victory has he achieved in the battlefield against the New People’s Army? All those areas where he was assigned as commander are still considered by the military as strongholds of the NPA.”
- Aya Santos, Secretary General, Desaparecidos

Press Release:
August 13, 2014

Siya pa itong mayabang, pero sa totoo lang duwag siya! (He is arrogant, but in truth he is a coward!),” Aya Santos, Desaparesidos secretary general said referring to Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan in reaction to the latter’s “privilege” of holding a press conference yesterday at the National Bureau of Investigation.

The families of the desaparecidos and other victims of Palparan were particularly irked by his statement that what he did, the killings and abduction of unarmed civilians, was for the “good of the people”.

“He even had the nerve to say that everything he did is for the people! Ang kapal ng mukha!” said Santos. “Was it good for those who were orphaned; was it good for those tortured? Was it good for those who were molested and raped?” Santos asked.

“I wonder where Palparan gets his arrogance. What victory has he achieved in the battlefield against the New People’s Army? All those areas where he was assigned as commander are still considered by the military as strongholds of the NPA,” Santos said.

“What he and his gang in the military claim as Palparan’s achievement is the cold-bloodied killing and disappearance of unarmed civilians he victimized. What he cannot do in the battlefield, he does to those who could not fight back. It’s disgusting!” Santos said. “Coward as he is, he tried to elude arrest and escaped from his charges.”

Ret. Maj. Gen. Palparan is charged with two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for abducting and disappearance of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in June 2006. He eluded arrest for almost three years.

Raymond Manalo, a farmer from San Ildefonso, Bulacan who was also abducted by the 56th Infantry Division, said  he met the two women during his military captivity at Camp Tecson. Manalo saw how the two women were tortured.

“Uniformed men like Palparan deserves nothing less than a conviction and the highest form of punishment. This should be done swiftly,” Santos said.

Desaparecidos calls on all survivors and families of victims of Palparan and his killer battalions to come out and tell their stories. “He should be made accountable to ALL of his and his men’s sins,” Santos said.

From the initial count, Karapatan documented 38 enforced disappearances in Central Luzon during Gen. Palparan’s reign, 12 in Eastern Visayas, and five in Mindoro.

A gathering of the Palparan’s victims is scheduled on Friday, August 15, to collectively call for Palparan’s conviction. ###

Reference: Aya Santos, secretary general
Contact Number: 09088121982/4354146

Rights group Hustisya calls for release of UP Pampanga students, scores police and military for unlawful arrest

News Release
11 August 2014

Rights group Hustisya on Sunday called for the immediate release of two UP Pampanga students, who were abducted Saturday afternoon in a Nueva Ecija town and were later found at the PNP Provincial Public Safety Company Headquarters in Cabanatuan City.

“The PNP should be accountable for their unlawful arrest and detention. We demand for their immediate release,” said Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general.

Gerald Salonga and Guiller Cadano, who both studied in UP Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga, were reportedly taken by unidentified men in two vehicles in the afternoon of August 9.

“Style na bulok ito ng PNP at AFP. Matapos dukutin ang mga aktibista magtatanim sila ng mga pekeng ebidensya, at saka sila magsasampa ng gawa-gawang kaso laban sa mga inaresto.” (This is the usual vicious practice of the PNP and AFP. Consequent to unlawful arrests and trumped-up charges is the planting of false evidences.). Their right to counsel were also violated, as they underwent summary inquest proceedings without the presence of any legal counsel,said Guevarra.

Guevarra said the PNP and AFP are nototriously known for this dastardly unlawful practice. The trumped-up charges are piling up against activists. There are currently 499 political prisoners under Pres. Benigno Aquino. More than 200 were arrested and detained under his watch. Majority of the causes of political imprisonment are products of false charges and planted evidences.

The group scored the Aquino government’s continuing malpractie of illegal arrests and detention, and filing of trumped-up charges against activists, while on the other hand is failing miserably to apprehend notorious human rights violators by the likes of Jovito Palparan the principal suspect in the abduction of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherly Cadapan.. ###

Reference: Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general 0949-1772928