THE Court of Appeals (CA) allowed the transfer of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. from the Bulacan provincial jail to the Philippine Army Custodial Center (PACC) at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City because of alleged threats on his life by the New People’s Army (NPA).
The appellate court affirmed the twin orders of a Bulacan court directing the transfer of Palparan while his criminal cases are being tried in connection with the disappearance of two University of the Philippines student activists in 2006.
In an April 15, 2016 ruling penned by Associate Justice Jhosep Lopez, the CA’s 15th Division upheld the orders of Malolos City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Teodora Gonzales and denied the petition of Erlinda Cadapan and Concepcion Empeño.
The ruling was concurred in by Associate Justices Ramon Garcia and Leoncia Dimagiba.
Palparan, who was captured in Manila after three years in hiding, is facing charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for the abduction of students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.
Palparan’s camp had claimed that they received an intelligence report that the NPA mobilized a hit squad to “eliminate” him.
Palparan was tagged by the leftist groups as berdugo [executioner]during his stint in Region 3 in eliminating NPAs in the region, particularly in Bulacan.