January 21, 2012
“Enough with talks on Palparan sightings, JUST GET HIM!” Connie Empeño, mother of missing activist Karen Empeno declared as response to several published reports on the reported location of Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.
For the past week, there have been news reports that Palparan was seen in Bongabon and Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija, and later in Aurora. Previous reports cited sightings of the man notoriously referred to as the “Butcher” in Bulacan and Zambales.
“These are what I call not-so intelligence reports. They mean nothing to our families if the authorities keep on only reporting on seeing Palparan but continuously fail to catch him,” Empeño said, “Thank you for these efforts pero mas pasasalamatan ko pa kayo kung mahuli niyo na siya (but I would be more thankful, if you do finally catch him.).”
Meanwhile, Hustisya secretary general Cristina said they fear these reports may be misinformation, “as a diversionary tactic for people to look elsewhere.”
“If authorities have such intel reports, why haven’t they arrested Palparan yet?” Guevarra asked.
Palparan and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario both have eluded arrest for two counts of kidnapping with serious illegal detention on the abduction and disappearance of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. It has been 32 days since the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 have issued the warrants against them.
People’s manhunt continues until Palparan gets arrested
“We continue to urge the Filipino nation to join the People’s Manhunt for Palparan and Hilario,” Guevarra said.
Hustisya, joined by Families of the Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos), commemorated its monthly Third Saturday Gathering by putting up “Wanted Palparan” posters along the streets of Manila.
“We thank those who have initiated putting up “Wanted Palparan” posters in their communities but at the same time we call on all other sectors of our society to join in this hunt to bring Palparan to justice,” Guevarra said.
Several groups have joined in the People’s Manhunt including peasant group Alyansa ng Magbubukid ng Gitnang Luzon (AMGL), students and human rights activists in Iloilo City and Miag-ao, and Artists Arrest, a cultural group which sponsored a poster and sticker design making contest to help pin down the Butcher. Human rights activists in Cebu have also put up the same wanted posters in Cebu City.
In addition to these efforts, the Alliance of Migrant Workers, MIGRANTE has heeded the call for a peoples’ manhunt urging immigration officers and migrant workers to be on the lookout in case Palparan will attempt to escape the country again.
“We also urge soldiers with conscience to help bring this Butcher Palparan to justice. We believe that Palparan is being coddled by his minions in the military and some local politicians who have benefitted from grave human rights violations perpetrated under his command,” Guevarra said.
The group said they shall “make Palparan’s world smaller each day until he has nowhere else to go but in jail.” ###
Reference: Lorena P. Santos, deputy Secretary General 4342837/09175415133 Connie Empeno, mother of missing Karen Empeno Linda Cadapan, mother of missing Sherlyn Cadapan