Palparan captured

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After several years of hiding, retired military general Jovito Palparan Jr. was finally captured early this morning in a slum area in Sta Mesa, Manila.

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A gaunt, heavily-bearded Palparan was collared by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at 3 a.m. He was immediately whisked off to the NBI headquarters in Manila.

The general, called the “butcher” by militant groups because of the many human rights cases he was implicated to while he was the commander of the 7th Infantry Division in Central Luzon, is facing criminal charges for the abduction of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno in June, 2006. He has a P2 million bounty on his head.

Palparan went into hiding after his indictment for two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention on Dec. 15, 2011. Two of his co-accused—Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado Jr. and Sgt. Edgardo Osorio — surrendered, while another, Sgt. Rizal Hilario, remains at large.

Palparan was also implicated in the abduction and disappearance of Jonas Burgos on April 28, 2007. However, only Maj. Harry Baliaga Jr. was ordered arrested by a Quezon City regional trial court in connection with Burgos’ kidnapping.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said NBI agents started monitoring Palparan on Monday.

Two persons were with the former Bantay Party-list representative when he was arrested, including the owner of the house where he stayed. Both were also taken to the NBI.

In a press briefing, de Lima said Palparan will have his day in court.

The former general’s arrest also pleased Malacanang.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Palparan’s arrest was a “fulfillment” of President Benigno Aquino’s promise to bring all fugitives behind bars.

“President Aquino promised that those who evade the law will be found. That promise to capture Palparan has been fulfilled today,” Lacierda said in a statement.

He also commended the NBI for its “steadfast doggedness in pursuing all leads to find and capture Palparan.”

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4 Comments

  1. PinoyAkoPinoyTayo on

    Puro accusation pa lang naman ang binabato sa kanya. Hindi ko alam kung ano totoo, pero ang alam ko na-kontrol nya mga komunista at rebelde sa area na hinawakan nya.

  2. This the difference between a Military and Police. Police knows to make ” PALUSOT” for their crime but Military does not. Yuon mga police involved in the kidnap of the relatives of Joey de Leon and ambushed of Koratong Baleleng Gang are now members of the LEGISLATHIVES at di nakulong, yuon iba ay na promote pa nga o nabigyan ng katungkulan sa GOCC AS INTELLIGENT OFFICERS.. Samantala dalawa lang nag coupe na Military Officers ay ngayon ay Senatongs.
    Moral of the lesson to the Military is to obey only legal and not illegal orders like kidnapping, tortures and killings, Its not your FORTE leave these to the police. Di ba Major General Jovito Palparan?

  3. Who cares what it cost him, the important thing is he has been caught. Ill tell you what i hate though. As soon as these important people are caught they are given medical exams & 1st class treatment. Poor people cant afford to see a doctor yet these scum get to get the best medical treatment for free.
    Whats the betting he wont admit to any of his crimes & will say its his political enemies trying to frame him for crimes he didnt commit. If i were in charge he would talk. His life along with all these other top scum who treat the normal people of this country with, well i dont know what words to use to describe how they treat you, but none of the words are nice. I hope him & all like him suffer a million painful deaths.
    I have total respect & admiration for the parents of those abducted by palparan as they have never shown any fear of speaking out against these scum. Danger to their lives didnt stop them speaking up, now give them the justice they deserve. & to you palparan tell where the girls & all others who you made dissappear are so at least their families can have closure, but he probably wont as they were more than likelty tortured before being killed & so he wont want people to know that.