Evidently scared of getting physically harmed, he was brought to court handcuffed, wearing a combat helmet while closely secured by Philippine Army soldiers he once commanded. A few hours later he was taken out of the court, his head bowed in gloom. The court convicted him for kidnapping with serious illegal detention and sentenced him…
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After three years of postponements, presentations, and hearings, the trial of former Army general Jovito Palparan on the abduction and torture of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño has come to an end.
“This 2018, we hope that the case against Palparan be finally resolved soon. The case has been running since 2014, and it has been a long ordeal for us and all of Palparan’s victims. We want to see him in jail this year.”
“Are they really trying to delay the case until ‘berdugong’ Palparan and his co-accused are free from accountability?”
“This is just one of his delaying tactics. He does not want to be convicted. He wants to be spared from the conditions of a regular jail.”– Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, on Jovito Palparan Jr’s motion for reconsideration seeking transfer to a military jail in Metro Manila
In the Philippines, there is still no successful prosecution of security forces for killings, ‘disappearances,’ despite Aquino’s campaign and inauguration promises for accountability.
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
According to Anakbayan, one youth or student leader is being victimized every week.
By MARYA SALAMAT Bulatlat.com MANILA — Ongoing until Feb 28 is an art exhibit that seeks to visualize the state of impunity in the Philippines. Nothing has changed in “the brazenness in the commission of human rights violations in the country,” said the End Impunity Alliance, the group that put up the exhibit. Two years…
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com Parenthood changes you in so many good and happy ways; but there are also changes that you wish never happened. Parenthood makes you afraid. If you were fearless before and you scoffed at danger; if you were daring before and you thumbed your nose at warnings; if before you…
By RONALYN V. OLEA
In a resolution released Dec. 15, a Department of Justice (DOJ) panel found probable cause to file charges against retired Major General Jovito Palparan and his men for the abduction of UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, and farmer Manuel Merino.
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – She has been waiting for years but justice still remains elusive. Erlinda Cadapan, mother of the missing UP student Sherlyn Cadapan who has been missing since June 26, 2006, would never tire in her quest for justice. On International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, mothers, including Cadapan…