From #BulatlatArchives, know what happened since the abduction of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño until the trial of retired Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.
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A Bulacan court has denied over lack of merit the petition of convicted retired general Jovito Palparan to reopen the charges against him for plea bargaining, a court procedure where the accused would plead guilty to a lesser offense.
Human rights lawyers said that Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. enjoys special privileges and is being given special treatment while serving his sentence for the crimes of which he has been convicted and being detained to answer for his other crimes.
“One injustice over another.”
“The recent conviction of Palparan is a reminder to everyone that evil will never ever triumph.”
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