P500,000 for Palparan

Linda Cadapan, mother of abducted activist Sherlyn Cadapan, shows a poster of former Maj. Gen. Jovito Palpara

Linda Cadapan, mother of abducted activist Sherlyn Cadapan, shows a poster of former Maj. Gen. Jovito Palpara

MANILA — Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo on Tuesday offered P500,000 for any information that would lead to the capture of retired Army Major Gen. Jovito Palparan despite reports that the man tagged by leftist groups as “The Butcher” sent surrender feelers last Saturday.

“Mukhang walang patutunguhan ang surrender feelers niya (Palparan) kung kaya we decided na magpalabas ng P500,000 para sa ikakahuli ni Palparan,” Robredo said.

Robredo said Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin was designated to handle Palparan’s possible surrender. He did not elaborate.

He said tracker teams have gone to identified addresses of Palparan, yielding negative results.

“Naniniwala kami na nasa loob pa rin siya ng bansa. Kailangan natin ng tulong ng lahat para matukoy kung nasaan siya. Mabibigyan naman siya ng fair chance to defend himself,” Robredo added.

PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome said they are hoping that the reward money would help facilitate Palparan’s arrest.

“That is why we initiated yung reward money ay baka mapabilis yung either pag surrender or yung pagbigay sa amin ng information ng community. Whichever comes first, then yung ang aming gagamitin. Kung merong surrender feeler na mag-materialize, okay. Kung una yung information which necessitates the release of reward money, okay din,” he said.

Palparan, Col. Felipe Anotado, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio were ordered arrested by a Malolos regional trial court for kidnapping and serious illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan last June 2006.

Anotado and Osorio surrendered to the AFP Provost Marshal.

It was during Palparan’s tenure as commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division from 2006 to 2007 that members of leftist groups either mysteriously disappeared or became victims of extra-judicial killings.

Bartolome assured Palparan that he will provided fair treatment once he is detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame until the court decides on his detention place.

Palparan filed an eight-page omnibus motion asking Malolos Judge Teodora Gonzales to recall the warrant of arrest (WOA) and hold-departure order (HDO) issued against him, and to order a reinvestigation of the criminal complaint filed by the parents of Empeño and Cadapan.

Palparan said he and his co-accused were only investigated for rape, serious physical injuries, arbitrary detention, maltreatment of prisoners, grave threats, grave coercion, violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Punishment.

He said he only submitted in his counter-affidavit evidence related to the charges during the preliminary investigation.

Thus, he said, the prosecutors’ finding of probable cause indicting him for kidnapping and serious illegal detention was in violation of the 1987 Constitution which states that “no person shall be held to answer for a criminal offense without due process of law.”

“The rights of the accused to due process and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against them were violated in the filing of the Information in the instant case. Consequently, the issuance by this court of the WOA as well as of the HDO is bereft of any factual and legal basis. The information, WOA and HDO suffers from the same legal infirmities. Necessarily they should be quashed and/or recalled to save the accused from further suffering and injustice,” he said.

Palparan said the filing of the information without the observance of due process can be considered as “persecution” rather than prosecution.

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