Mothers of two missing UP students to Aquino: Where is Palparan? Are you hiding him?

Press Release
February 10, 2014

“Mahigit dalawang taon na mula nang ilabas ng korte ang warrant of arrest kay Palparan ngunit hindi pa rin nahuli o HINUHULI si Ret. Gen. Jovito Palparan. Ano ang kanilang nagawa? Kinakanlong si Palparan? (It has been more than two years now since the warrant of arrest was issued against Ret. Gen. Jovito Palparan. But up to this time, he has not been arrested or the government refuse to arrest him), Mrs. Linda Cadapan said. She, and Concepcion Empeno, issued an open letter questioning the efforts of the Noynoy government to put Palparan in jail.

Masakit sa aming puso na malaman na malaya pa rin ang mga nanakit at nagwala sa aming mga anak. Mas masakit pa na makita na wala man lang ginagawa ng pamahalaan hinggil dito,(It pains us that those who hurt our daughters, those responsible for their disappearance are still free. But it pains us more that this government has not done anything about this case),” Mrs. Empeno said.

The open letter came out in time for the hearing of the kidnapping and serious illegal detention case against Ret. Gen Jovito Palparan et al for the disappearance of the two missing University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.  The hearing has been going on, at a very slow pace, for two years now at Malolos Regional Trial Court, and without Palparan.

The two mothers hit the military’s delaying tactics in the court proceedings, “Lagi na lamang napopostponed ang pagdinig sa aming kaso dahil sa walang maipakitang ebidensiya ang mga akusadong militar. Sa pagpapatagal-tagal ng usad ng kaso sa korte ay baka magpatakas pa kina Lt. Anotado at Sgt. Osorio, (The hearings were always postponed because the military failed to present its witnesses. The delay might give Lt. Anotado and Sgt. Osorio the opportunity to escape,” Mrs. Empeño added.

Lt. Anotado and Sgt. Osorio are among Gen. Palparan’s co-accused. Both are under military custody instead of being jailed in a civilian detention facility; while M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, another co-accused in the case remains free like Palparan.

“Sa darating na ika-26 ng Hunyo ay walong taon na ang paghahanap at pakikipaglaban para sa hustisya para sa aking anak na si Karen Empeño at kanyang kasamang si Sherlyn Cadapan. Sadya nga bang malupit ang tadhana sa mga taong walang impluwensiya sa lipunan o nagbibingi-bingihan at nagbubulag-bulagan lamang ang pamahalaan sa lumalalang sitwasyon ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao at kawalang katarungan sa ating bansa? (We’ve been searching for our daughters and fighting for justice almost eight years now. Is this our fate, we who are not influential in this country? Or the government simply chose to remain blind and deaf to the worsening human rights situation and injustice in this country?), lamented Mrs. Empeno.

Mrs. Cadapan reminded the public to be on the look-out for Palparan and help in his arrest, “Muli, ako ay nanawagan sa lahat na agarang tumulong sa pag-aresto o paghuli sa salarin na dumukot kina Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeno, pumatay kay Manuel Merino at sa maraming mga aktibista at tagapagtanggol ng karapatan ng mamamayan (Again, I appeal to the public to help in the arrest or to effect arrest to the abductors of Karen and Sherlyn, killed Manuel Merino at many other activists and defenders of the people’s rights).” ###

References:
Concepcion Empeño, mother of Karen Empeño
Linda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn Cadapan
Lorena “Aya” Santos, Secretary General (09088121982, 024354146)
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