Palparan picture posted at Iloilo City Police offices

ILOILO CITY — On request of Panay Alliance-KARAPATAN, together with National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), SELDA, BAYAN-Panay and other progressive organizations, the Iloilo City Police Director, Senior Superintendent Marieto Valerio gave approval for posting “wanted” posters for former general Jovito Palparan.

Members of Panay Alliance-Karapatan and National Union of People's Lawyers with Senior Superintendent Marieto Valerio

Human rights advocates held a dialogue with Senior Supt. Valerio as part of celebrating the birthday of Nilo Arado, victim of enforced disappearance in 2007.

Palparan remains a fugitive of the law after a warrant of arrest was issued against him by the Bulacan Regional Trial Court for kidnapping and serious illegal detention. The charges were filed by relatives of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, UP students abducted in 2006.

“This is to intensify our campaign to end impunity and to pursue justice for the victims of human rights violations,” said Reylan Vergara, Secretary General of Panay Alliance-KARAPATAN.

Senior Supt. Valerio granted the request. He assured the group his office will be on the lookout for Palparan just like any fugitive.

“Our operatives and policemen are there 100 per cent, in case he is spotted here, we will immediately serve (the warrant)”, said SSupt. Valerio.

“There’s a possibility that Gen. Palparan could be spotted in the island of Panay” Vergara added. To recall, a few years ago, Palparan was spotted in one of the supermarkets in Jaro district, Iloilo City.

The first Palparan poster was placed on the ICPO bulletin board, alongside pictures of wanted persons.

Human rights defenders posting Wanted: Palparan photo at Iloilo City Police

“We’re very glad that the police welcomed our request not only to post those wanted poster but also implement the manhunt against the wanted retired general”, Vergara said.

In the next few days, human rights advocates will hold a similar dialogue with PNP Regional Director Chief Superintendent Cipiriano Querol Jr  so that the Palparan wanted posters can be posted in police precincts in Panay island. ### (January 9, 2012)


Reference:         Reylan Vergara, Mobile No. 09398300744

One comment on “Palparan picture posted at Iloilo City Police offices

  1. Pingback: In the News: January 2012 | NUPL

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