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Desaparesidos, an organization dedicated for the advocacy of the families of the “disappeared,” recently called on President Noynoy Aquino to arrest ex-general Jovito Palparan who has a warrant out for his arrest over the kidnappings (and possible killings) of student activists Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan back in 2006:
“Malaking halaga na ang dalawang milyon para magkainteres ang sinuman na hanapin at hulihin ang berdugong si Palparan. Pero hindi lang ito tungkol sa pera.Kailangan ng political will.” (Two million is a lot of money for anybody to be interested to look for and eventually catch the butcher Palparan. However, it’s not just the money. This is about the Aquino government’s political will).
This was the statement of Linda Cadapan, mother of missing University of the Philippines student Sherlyn Cadapan, on reports that the Aquino government’s track teams have gone clueless on the whereabouts of retired Gen. Jovito Palparan, despite the bounty for him, along with five other fugitives: Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and brother Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, Dinagat Island Representative Ruben Ecleo Jr. and Delfin Lee of Globe Asiatique Realty Holdings Corporation.
Cadapan continues to lament the fact that only two among the four accused in the case of her daughter, and that of Connie Empeño’s daughter, Karen. are behind bars and facing prosecution.
“We have sought the government’s assistance in locating and arresting Palparan and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, but it is almost be a year since the two have gone hiding, Despite the government’s resources and machinery, Palparan and Hilario have managed to elude arrest,” she said.
As soon as a warrant was released for the arrest of Palparan, the parents of Karen and Sherlyn called for a people’s arrest of Palparan and Hilario. Together with family, friends, supporters and human rights groups, they put up posters of WANTED PALPARAN around Metro Manila and the provinces.On November 2, All Souls Day, Mrs. Cadapan will join other mothers and relatives of the disappeared at the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran to remember their missing loved ones, just as she has been doing since Sherlyn was disappeared in 2006.