“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
Tags: Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan
“Duterte should see for himself how much the government is spending for these criminals.”
Without a defense counsel, the court proceedings against Retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. could be declared null and void.
“He might try to run away again and never to be found.”
“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.”
“We are here today to show that after nine years, the calls of UP students and other sectors to surface Karen, Sherlyn and all the other victims of human rights violations, are not stopping.”
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.”
Adoracion Paulino wanted to see where Sherlyn Cadapan was going but was blocked by one of her companions, who said, “Don’t follow. You do not want to be involved here.”
Wilfredo Ramos said he heard the two UP students scream, and ask for help while being dragged by the armed men.
“She loves the poor and the masses. This was why she wanted to be a social worker,” Concepcion Empeño, 64, said.
Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio, accused in the disappearance of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, argues that the kidnapping and detention charges against him cannot stick because the victims are missing.