“For us families of the disappeared, unless and until Palparan is arrested and will face the court, Pres. Aquino becomes part of the cover up to protect the Butcher. He thus, becomes part of the continuing crime of enforced disappearance and should be liable under the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act,” said Lorena P. Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecios for Justice.
The warrant of arrest issued against retired Gen. Palparan is already three years old and has never been served to him. “Wala nang naniniwala sa sinabi ni Aquino na ginagawa nila ang lahat para mahuli si Palparan,” (No one believes the Aquino government’s claim that it is doing everything to catch Palparan), “Because if Aquino really had the will, Palparan should have been behind bars today,” Santos added.
“Nakakasuka na kasi ang mga walang kwentang pangako ng rehimeng ito,” (This regime’s empty promises make us sick) Santos stated. “All are empty pronouncements and mere PR stints. The government only created an illusion that the case against Palparan was moving forward. Even Aquino’s PhP2 million reward money that will lead to the arrest of Palparan is just for show,” Santos added.
“We believe he is hiding with the help of top military officials, who are powerful, to provide sanctuary in their own camps,” Santos said, “we still get persistent reports that Palparan is hiding in one of the largest camps in the Philippines.”
“We dare the BS Aquino government to open all military camps and facilities and surrender Gen. Palparan,” Santos said.
“The Butcher” Palparan, as many human rights organizations and human rights violations victims call him,face charges of kidnapping and illegal detention filed by mothers of missing student activists Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan. The two were abducted in June 2006 in Hagonoy, Bulacan while on a research about peasant struggles in the area. Witnesses of the abduction said that they were taken, tortured and raped by soldiers under General Palparan’s command.
Palparan also face complaints in the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights for the abduction, torture, and murder of Southern Tagalog human rights worker Eden Marcellana and peasant leader Eddie Gumanoy. ###