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Palparan still at-large as court hearings proceed

Retired general Jovito Palparan was responsible for dozens of political killings and kidnappings while he was claiming to “fight” the communist insurgency.  Despite a warrant out for his arrest he is still at large and seeking protection from military contacts and land lords.

Fugitive general Jovito Palparan was still a no-show in today’s hearing at the Malolos Trial Court for the kidnapping and illegal detention case filed against him in relation to the disappearance of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
“We knew all along that raising the bounty for Palparan’s head is not enough and, in fact, not the solution in arresting the Butcher. The most necessary requisite is the firm resolve of Pres. Aquino to arrest Palparan, regardless of what the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ views on the matter. But as things are, kulang na lang ipagtanggol niya si Palparan gaya nang pagtatanggol niya kay DILG Undersecretary Puno,” said  Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.
 Palparan has been at-large since December 2011 when the warrant of arrest was issued by the Malolos Trial Court. Meanwhile, court hearings started in January without Palparan.
“Palparan is in the same mold of Abadilla and Aguinaldo. The military is in the same mold, too; believing that to inflict pain on those they perceive as their enemies is the most heavenly thing to do. The tradition continues to this day as the Aquino government implements Oplan Bayanihan that is guided by the US Counterinsurgency program,” said Palabay.
One of the witnesses to the Cadapan-Empeno abduction saw how the two UP students were tortured inside a military camp.
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