“This case was filed in 2008 and it is only now that it is progressing. But I am not completely happy, with the absence of all accused Cafgu members, and the fact that Palparan is not yet back at the Bulacan provincial jail.” — — torture victim Raymond Manalo
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“The long arm of the law, tardy as it may be, has caught up with him.”
“Even during the time he claimed to have been going through physical therapies, he remained as the commanding officer of the 24th Infantry Battalion. The places where the two students were brought were under his jurisdiction. Anotado was in active military service and such testimony will bear no weight to the case compared to Raymond’s testimony.”
Without a defense counsel, the court proceedings against Retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. could be declared null and void.
“Amidst the din and reverie of the past holidays and some mercurial election inanities, we were glad to learn that the trial court correctly denied Gen. Palparan’s delusional bid to be granted bail.”
Judge Alexander Tamayo said he could go through the case files “all in a day’s work.”
“It is the accused who will benefit the most because they are shopping for a more favorable or sympathetic judge. The obvious game plan is to dribble and plod.”
Erlinda Cadapan and Concepcion Empeño, mothers of missing UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, looked at the crowd of students and activists listening intently at the program and said, “They would have been among them today, resisting and fighting for the country.”
“The mere fact that such safe houses existed further proves that there are ‘unofficial’ military camps where people are held incommunicado and deprived of their rights.”
Soldiers turned off the light and then kicked him, causing his blindfold to be removed. When the light was turned on again, he finally saw “Lolo,” whom he later identified as Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan.
“He threatened me, that is also a form of torture.”