“Come out! Come out, wherever you are!” This is the statement of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos) to former President Gloria Arroyo’s favorite” Butcher” Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. The notorious general has gone into hiding since a warrant of arrest had been issued against him for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of two University of the Philippine students in 2006.
Today, in an effort to enjoin the public in a people’s manhunt against the notorious general a.k.a. “Berdugo,” the Desaparecidos together with the kin of victims and other human rights advocates released and posted “Wanted: Jovito Palparan, Jr.” posters and flyers at Philcoa, along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. They are joined by Victims United for Justice (Hustisya), Selda and Karapatan.
“It’s time for you to face your sins,” Mary Guy Portajada, secretary general of Desaparecidos told Palparan. “What are you so afraid of – that you will be tortured and disappeared like what you did to your victims?” Portajada says
Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, the two students of UP were abducted on June 26, 2006 by soldiers under the command of Palparan. The two women had disappeared ever since. Key witnesses, Raymond Manalo and Oscar Leuterio, both survivors of torture from the same abductors, claim that they have seen Karen and Sherlyn tortured. Two of the four accused, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio surrendered to the authorities after the Malolos RTC issued warrants of arrest. Palparan and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario remain fugitives.
“Palparan may be reeling in fear that he will suffer the same fate that has befallen our loved ones. He need not worry, we just want him to rot in jail,” Portajada says. “We call on those people who are helping these fugitives, to find in their conscience to turn them in to the authorities.”
Portajada warned Palparan and Hilario’s coddlers that they are also answerable to the law, if they continuing hiding these wanted men “Know that you are cradling notorious human rights violators!” she declared.
Desaparecidos called on the rest of the Filipino people who may have any information on the whereabouts of Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and Sergeant Rizal Hilario to contact the National Bureau of Investigation (5238231 to 38) or Karapatan (4354146).
“Please continue to join us in this crusade for justice,” Portajada concluded. ###