With no cemetery or columbarium to visit, the relatives instead laid the photographs of their loved ones on the ground, lighting candles and offering white flowers.
In a two-page order dated Oct. 1, Judge Alexander Tamayo of the Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 15 denied outright the motion of Palparan.
“To call it a ‘long overdue decision’ is an understatement. Raymond Manalo has been denied justice many times over, and this Ombudsman decision, while it establishes accountability through prosecution of Palparan et al, is also a testament to the failings of the current justice and social system.”
“He spoke with a forked tongue even on the witness stand, and remorselessly justified his worn-out anti-communist bigotry to sanction his and his men’s actions amounting to heinous rights violations and crimes against humanity.”
Wilfredo Ramos said he heard the two UP students scream, and ask for help while being dragged by the armed men.
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.
For the the mothers of the disappeared, the silliest question was when the defense lawyer asked if Raymond Manalo has photos or videos of himself, along with the two UP students, to prove his statements.
“It has been four years and so far we have nothing but motions. Palparan may be long gone but this case would be far from over.” – Concepcion Empeño, mother of disappeared UP student Karen
ni MA. CRISTINA GUEVARRA Bulatlat.com Singbilis ni Luis itinakas ang berdugo at ang hustisya, binaril sa ulo. Sapul, walang mintis.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO Bulatlat.com At around 9:30 a.m., silence swept over the court room. A group of men, most of them burly, came in. Behind them was a seemingly frail-looking man, a shadow of the stoic general I have seen only in news reports – it was retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan. And…
“For us families of the disappeared, unless and until Palparan is arrested and faces the court, President Aquino becomes part of the cover up to protect the Butcher. He thus, becomes part of the continuing crime of enforced disappearance and should be liable under the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act.”