Palparan released from jail—Desaparecidos


Ibalik sa kulungan si Jovito Palparan! Sigaw ng militanteng grupo sa harap ng Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by DINDO FLORA

A smiling Jovito Palparan arrives at the Army HQ in Taguig. Court OKs his transfer to Army Custodial Center Photo by CARMELA FONBUENA

A smiling Jovito Palparan arrives at the Army HQ in Taguig. Court OKs his transfer to Army Custodial Center

September 15, 2014

“The last ray of hope for justice has just been doused. Palparan is essentially freed, and Malacanang welcomes it,” said Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice as the Malolos Regional Trial Court resolved to transfer Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan to Philippine Army Custodial Center.

“The basis of the decision is unclear. The police warden of Bulacan Provincial Jail Col. Flamenco admitted in court that his basis for the so-called threat to Palparan’s life is purely speculative,” Santos said.

“Mabuti ka pa nga, Gen. Palparan andito ka. Nadadalaw ka ng anak at asawa mo. Ang anak ko asan ngayon? (You’re in a better position, Gen. Palparan. You’re in jail. Your children and your wife can visit you. How about my daughter, where is she now?)” Mrs. Connie Empeno shouted at the end of the hearing, unable to contain herself from the disappointment.

Both Santos and Empeno attended the hearing and were able to witness how Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Malolos RTC used the premise of lack of funds and security of other inmates at the Bulacan Provincial Jail to grant Palparan’s transfer.

“This is yet another proof that the Aquino regime and the Armed Forces of the Philippines coddle butchers like Palparan and are protecting him,” Santos said. “Bringing Palparan back to camp is good as saying, he is back in power among his minions,” Santos said.

Palparan’s co-accused Col. Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio are also at the Philippine Army Custodial Center. Palparan is facing charges of kidnapping with serious illegal detention for the disappearance of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. ###

REFERENCE: Lorena Santos, Desaparecidos secretary general, 0908-8121982

Palparan’s transfer to Philippine Army Custodial Center, injustice to victims

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Press Statement |
September 15, 2014
Today’s decision of the Malolos Court to transfer “The Butcher” Jovito Palparan to the custody of the Philippine Army from the Bulacan Provincial Jail bodes evil to the hundreds of victims of the retired general and his ilk in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“The AFP moved heaven and earth to secure and bring back home their impunity icon Palparan. Although not surprising as it is packaged with Palparan’s supposed arrest, the transfer is nonetheless ominous for the case’s trial, eventual prosecution, and jailing of Palparan,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
“AFP chief of staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang, 10th ID and former ISAFP chief Eduardo Año, and DND secretary Voltaire Gazmin have been building up towards this transfer, using the worn-out alibi, if not imagined, ‘threat to the safety and security’ of Palparan,” she added.
Palabay said the BS Aquino regime never thought of the safety and security of its citizens not only in terms of the pervading criminality but also in terms of the continuing rights violations. “Yet, The Butcher Palparan, with hundreds of victims of human rights violations, gets top priority for protection, not unlike the treatment the plunderers get in this rotten regime.”
The BS Aquino regime and the AFP will never ever allow the likes of Palparan be jailed, “because the arrest and jailing of Palparan is an indictment of the whole AFP, which abounds with Palparan clones.”  ###
Reference:    Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831
              Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580

Palparan transfer to military camp a realignment of the cosmos

How can something so routinary such as the detention of one man accused of horrific crimes against humanity be so complicated and fussy as to compel the realignment of the cosmos and tripping over of the government all over itself to suit his convenience and preference? This will serve as a bad precedent and example for all those who can wreak evil and get concessions along the way.

Palparan’s transfer to Philippine Army Custodial Center, based on alleged threats that have been proven in court today to be all speculative, does not answer the question of why a civilian should be detained in a military facility. Why, for heaven’s sake, in all places his old stomping grounds the headquarters of the Army?

It just doesn’t make sense.

Palparan and his gang, as well as his padrinos in high places, will be having a bacchanalian party tonight and high fives among themselves because the system has again  worked in favor of the rich, powerful, influential and with connections.

Yet again, what do we seek: justice for the victims or convenience for the accused? Indeed there is so much to be distressed, yet so much to fight for.#

Private Prosecutors by:
Edre U. Olalia
NUPL Secretary General

Palparan’s homecoming to military custody shows arrest was staged – Anakbayan

September 15, 2014

Jovito Palparan’s transfer to military HQ is Daang Matuwid-style VIP treatment for human rights violators. This homecoming is a grave insult to the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings, human rights abuse, torture and disappearances.

This shows that the “arrest” of Palparan was only a show staged to salvage Aquino’s popularity. The script: he was to be arrested only to be taken home again under the special care of his fascist barkada. Aquino should be held accountable for coddling Palparan and continuing the fascist rampage against the people under his Oplan Bayanihan.

- Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairperson, 09399207114, @venzie

Overkill security marks Palparan’s attendance on his hearing


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September 1, 2014

“The BS Aquino is treating The Butcher Gen. Palparan like a diva,” Aya Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice said on the overkill security measure provided to Palparan during today’s pre-trial hearing.

“The Butcher’s whim for a security is very much attended to. He even has a groupie,” Santos said referring to some people bearing pro-Palparan placards who posted themselves near the protest action held by human rights groups.

Elements of the Philippine Army, Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT), police and National Bureau of Investigation came “to protect” the retired general. “Protect from whom? From us who are victims of The Butcher? We carry no guns, but only the pictures of our missing or killed loved ones,” Santos said. “The government is obviously protecting this criminal,” Santos said.

The traffic around the Malolos Regional Trial Court was even re-routed as part of the government’s security protocol. Members of the police and the Army, in battle gear, were posted around the court, even as far as 100 meters away. There was even a fire truck.

Inside the court room, Gen. Palparan had a three-layered security who were fully armed. His close-in guards were from the Philippine Army. “Sa sobrang dami ng mga gwardiya sa loob ng korte, hindi na pinapasok ang mga nagbabantay sa kasong ito. The people and groups who are monitoring the developments of this case were prevented inside the court just to accommodate Palparan’s armed  security,” Santos said.

Palparan, through his legal counsel Atty. Narzal Mallares, requested the court to transfer detention to PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame citing Palparan’s fear of co-detainees in Bulacan Provincial Jail who are allegedly NPA members.

After Atty. Jun Oliva of National Union of People’s Lawyers, private counsels of Mrs. Empeno and Mrs. Cadapan, wryly commented that Camp Crame Custodial Center holds several alleged members of the CPP-NPA, Palparan asked his lawyer to withdraw their motion.  In the end, Palparan asked the court to transfer him at the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) at Camp Aguinaldo.

Desaparecidos, Karapatan and other people’s organizations staged a protest in front of Malolos Regional Trial Court. Addressing the claim of Palparan’s wife, Dra. Evangelina Palparan who resorted to victim blaming, Mrs. Connie Empeno said, “Yes, our daughters are activists and I was indifferent. But, Karen showed me the realities of life which need to be changed. I am not ashamed to let my daughter go to poor communities to help them. Why blame us, the mothers? I did not abduct Karen and Sherlyn. Blame your husband.”

Ret. Gen. Palparan, after two years of being a fugitive, now faces the charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for the disappearance of two students from the University of the Philippines Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. His co-accused S/Sgt. Rizal Hilario is still at-large, while S/Sgt. Felipe Anotado and  M/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio are under military custody.

The next hearing is scheduled on September 8. ###

Reference: Lorena Santos, pangkalahatang kalihim, Desaparecidos, 0908-8121982