MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan: Retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan on Monday reiterated before the Malolos City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 his call to be transferred to the Philippine Army Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City or the detention center of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
The court instead ordered the hearing of his case to be rescheduled for September 8.
Palparan, who is detained at the Bulacan provincial jail, is facing charges for the alleged kidnapping of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in 2006.
The general denied the allegations against him even as he pointed out that his life is in jeopardy inside the Bulacan jail and that he needs to be alive in order to clear his name.
Supporters of Palparan showed up during the hearing, bringing with them streamers demanding the immediate release from custody of the former military officer.
“He is a good man, so please jail the New People’s Army [NPA] rebels, not the general. The disappearances of the students are not true, all Palparan ever wanted was to annihilate the NPA [rebels], “ a woman supporter told The Manila Times.
She claimed that her husband was a victim of atrocities of the communist insurgents during Palparan’s time.
An anti-Palparan group that also showed up during the hearing demanded justice for the former general’s alleged victims while calling him “The Butcher.”