January 19, 2012
Day 30 of manhunt, Palparan and Hilario still free
“Is the government seriously looking for Palparan?” the mothers of desaparecidos Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno today questioned the Aquino regime’s efforts to locate fugitives Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario.
“It’s Day 30 since the government ordered them arrested, and they are still scot-free,” Linda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn says. “For our daughters, it’s Day 2,031 and they are still missing. If this government is serious about ending impunity, Palparan and Hilario should be behind bars by now,” Cadapan says.
It was on December 20, 2011 that the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 issued a warrant of arrest against Palparan and Hilario for two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of the missing University of the Philippines students Cadapan and Empeno. The cases were filed by the victims’ mothers.
“We fear that Palparan’s friends in the military are coddling him,” Empeno says. “The Pnoy government should see to it that human rights violators like Palparan and Mrs. Gloria Arroyo be put to justice even if it has to go against some military elements who still support Palparan.”
Sherlyn and Karen were disappeared five years ago, dawn of June 26, 2006 in Hagonoy, Bulacan, while they were completing their research on
peasant struggles. Together with Manuel Merino, they were forcibly taken by suspected soldiers of the 56th Infantry Battalion, under the 7th nfantry Division led by Palparan.
“While we support the move to impeach Chief Justice Corona, we remind the administration to continue to pursue Palparan and Hilario for their crimes,” Empeno says.
“Our search for our missing daughters, and for justice is long enough. Don’t make us wait any longer,” the two mothers said. ###
Reference: Lorena P. Santos, deputy Secretary General 4342837/09175415133 Connie Empeno, mother of missing Karen Empeno Linda Cadapan, mother of missing Sherlyn Cadapan