“The recent conviction of Palparan is a reminder to everyone that evil will never ever triumph.”
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By DEE AYROSO
“With boundless hope and bated breath, may justice find its place amidst tragedy and the many lives that have been snatched, futures destroyed and agonizing years that have passed.”– Edre Olalia, National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers
A look at the previous Bulatlat.com stories — the earliest were written in 2003 — show that Palparan has left a trail of blood in areas where he had been assigned – Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon and Eastern Visayas.
After the prosecution presented several eyewitnesses in the abduction of Karen and Sherlyn, the defense was given several opportunities to present their own witnesses. Not one has been presented since.
“Seven years quickly passed by but the progress of our case has been painstakingly slow.” – Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, mother of Karen
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MALOLOS, Bulacan – For the third time, a key witness to the torture of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, faced two of the accused and answered all the questions hurled at him by the defense. Raymond Manalo once again took the witness stand in…
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – The parents of the two missing students of the University of the Philippines (UP) are enraged over retired Gen. Jovito Palparan’s recent legal move. Palparan and co-accused M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario recently filed a petition before the Court of Appeals seeking to stop the court proceedings in the Bulacan…
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MALOLOS, Bulacan – The lawyers of soldiers tagged in the abduction of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan cross examined one of the vital witnesses in a hearing, October 29. Jose M. Cruz, lawyer of Staff Sgt. Edgar Osorio, and Abner M. Torres, lawyer of…
By RONALYN V. OLEA
As the Aquino government continues to fail to arrest retired general Jovito Palparan, another victim of state-enforced abduction and torture has positively identified some of the soldiers who tortured Karen and Sherlyn.