Desaparecidos to Noynoy:“Where is Justice, where is Palparan?”

News Release
Dec. 17, 2012

One year since arrest warrant was issued vs. the “Butcher”

Desaparecidos to Noynoy: “Where is Justice, where is Palparan?”

“Kulang sa aksyon at puro salita lang ang gobyernong Aquino sa pag-aresto kay Palparan, (The Aquino government could only dish out statements but lacks concrete actions to arrest Palparan),” said Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn, adding that “I have yet to see this government offer genuine sympathy and concrete actions for families of victims like us.”

The group Desaparecidos, together with other human rights organizations led by KARAPATAN, expressed their outrage over Palparan’s continued freedom under the Aquino regime in a protest action in front of Aquino’s residence in Times Street, Quezon City.

“Hindi seryoso ang gobyernong Aquino, mukhang takot sila sa sarili nilang militar. (The Aquino government is not serious, it seems like it is afraid of their own armed forces)” declared Concepcion Empeño, mother of Karen and Desaparecidos chairperson, over the continued inaction of Malacañang to find and capture Palparan.

“It has been one year and we still have to see the slightest sign of hope that Palparan will be caught,” echoed Mrs. Cadapan.

One year ago the Department of Justice found prima facie evidence against former General Jovito Palparan, Jr. and three other army officials for the abduction and disappearance of two University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan. On December 20, 2011, an arrest warrant was issued by the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 56 against Palparan, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio. Anotado and Osorio surrendered and are in military custody. Palparan and Msgt. Rizal Hilario never faced the charges against them in court.

According to the human rights group justice will be unattainable under the present administration. “The recent promotion of Brig. Gen. Eduardo Año is a clear statement that impunity is here to stay and that the elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be a bunch of untouchables as far as the Aquino administration is concerned,” said Lorena “Aya” Santos, secretary general of Desaparecidos.

The group called the President an “accomplice in the obstruction of justice,” and that he too “should also be made liable for his crimes against the people.”###

Lorena ‘Aya’ Santos, Secretary General
Contact Number: 09175230396

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