August 16, 2012
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has doubled the reward for information leading to the arrest of an ex-general charged with kidnapping.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Thursday that Aquino is “displeased with the lack of progress in arresting high-profile fugitives,” including retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan.
Palparan has been on the run since he was charged in December with kidnapping two female left-wing activists in 2006. The students remain missing. The bounty now stands at 2 million pesos ($47,100).
U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says Palparan is allegedly being protected by some military personnel and businessmen who benefited from his heavy-handed suppression of the 43-year-old communist insurgency.
Lacierda said Aquino also raised the bounty for a former provincial governor, Joel Reyes. He is accused in the killing of an environmental activist.