Where on earth is Jovito Palparan Jr.?
No one seems to know the whereabouts of the former military general, despite the P2-million reward offered by the government for his capture.
Palparan is facing charges for the abduction of two student activists. He went into hiding in 2011 after a Malolos court issued a warrant of arrest for his arrest.
The former general was one of the accused in the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. The two went missing in June 2006.
A group composed of families of desaparecidos suspect that Palparan is being coddled by his former colleagues in the military.
“We believe he is hiding with the help of top military officials, who are powerful, to provide sanctuary in their own camps,” said Lorena Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice. “We still get persistent reports that Palparan is hiding in one of the largest camps in the Philippines.”
She dared President Benigno Aquino 3rd to open all military camps so that a search for Palparan can be carried out.
Santos lamented that the manhunt for Palparan has seemed to be abandoned.
“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],” she said. “Because if Aquino really had the will, Palparan should have been behind bars today.”
“Nakakasuka na kasi ang mga walang kwentang pangako ng rehimeng ito [this regime’s empty promises make us sick],” Santos added. “All are empty pronouncements and mere PR [press release]stints. The government only created an illusion that the case against Palparan was moving forward. Even Aquino’s P2-million reward money that will lead to the arrest of Palparan is just for show.”
After retiring from the military, Palparan became the representative of Bantay party-list from 2007 to 2010.
He also faces complaints before the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights for the abduction, torture, and murder of human rights worker Eden Marcellana and peasant leader Eddie Gumanoy.