Jet B. Velarmino AFP, 8ID Commander, and wife Imelda Velarmino
unveil on August 16, 2014 the marker citing the efforts of the
19th Infantry Battalion in restoring its camp after the
devastating ST Yolanda on November 8, 2013.
renovated camp in Leyte
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
August 17, 2014
KANANGA, Leyte – The
so-called home of the commandos in Leyte which was turned ground zero
after Super Typhoon Yolanda, stood again with its reconstructed and
newly-built facilities being inaugurated here on Saturday morning,
The Inaugural Ceremony was
graced by Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, Commander of the Army’s 8th
Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division as Guest of Honor with some of his
staff who came all the way from Catbalogan, Samar.
MGen. Velarmino commends the
leadership of 19th Infantry Battalion, with its commanding officer,
Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar who self-engineered the rehabilitation of their
camp without compromising tasks mandated by higher headquarters.
In his message, MGen.
Velarmino said he can imagine how the battalion was destroyed when
Super Typhoon Yolanda struck.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino was
himself a survivor and among those who have seen the face of actual
disaster in Tacloban City when the devastating super typhoon hit.
With Fr. Christopher Ligason,
the officiating priest, MGen. Velarmino inaugurated half-concrete
structures such as the camp’s admin building, liaison offices, dining
park, supply rooms, guard post, people center, officers and enlisted
personnel quarters, and chapel. The camp’s perimeter fences, organic
garden and five (5) bay firing range were also rehabilitated.
Lt. Col. Nedy Espulgar said
his troops can fully focus on Internal Peace and Security Operations
(IPSO), now that its camp is restored.
Espulgar said the
rehabilitation of their camp was started six (6) months ago when the
frequency of humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations in
areas severely affected by ST Yolanda has dropped.
“The timeline for our camp
rehabilitation does not include our joint undertaking with the members
of Joint Task Force 630 of the Australian Defence Force in December
last year which resulted to the clearing of our camp from all debris
and the reconstruction of some facilities like our mess hall, water
system and comfort rooms”, Espulgar stressed.
What we have built would not
be possible without the helping hands of the stakeholders and friends
who believed on our cause. This is not just a traditional military
camp, but a home to peace-loving people.
The Inaugural Ceremony was
highlighted with a five-stages Inaugural Shoot Fest shoot which was
participated by a total of 68 enthusiasts and members of gun clubs
from Ormoc, Baybay, Kananga, Matag-ob, Tanauan and Samar.
In attendance during the fun
shoot were Leyte Board Member Allan Ang, Congressman Rogelio Espina of
Biliran’s lone district, Mayor Elmer Codilla of Kananga, Vice-Mayor
Michael Torrevillas of Matag-ob, and Superintendent Niel Montaño of
Ormoc City Police.
No to special
treatment and military detention for Palparan - Karapatan
August 17, 2014
QUEZON CITY –
“Butchers and cowardly generals like Jovito Palparan Jr. deserve
justice – the kind that is commensurate to the number of civilian
lives he and his men took and toyed with, while former President
Arroyo and the military establishment were cheering him on. To play
him up as the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ hero, to give him a
minute longer to avoid prosecution, and then suggest to place him
under military detention are all forms of travesty of justice. It
encourages every person in uniform to do the same dirty deeds of
Palparan,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said in
reaction to statements by former military officials and Sen. Antonio
Trillanes over the week-end.
This came after the recent
arrest of Gen. Palparan last August 12 after almost three years of
hiding. Palparan is facing two counts of kidnapping with serious
illegal detention for the disappearance of two activists Sherlyn
Cadapan and Karen Empeño. Two of his accused in the case, Army Colonel
Felipe Anotado Jr. and Master Sergeant Edgar Osorio, are under
Palabay said placing
Palparan under military detention, just like his cohorts, is a tactic
being used by the AFP for its men to evade accountability. “These are
essentially like back-to-barracks orders, similar to what the AFP did
with Lt. Col. Alexis Bravo, Lt. Dante Jimenez and 14 other members of
the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion who were responsible for the 2012
massacre of anti-mining activist Juvy Capion and her two sons,” she
“The AFP’s protection of
their own and their defense of the acts of butchers like Palparan as
acts of duty are typical of the Philippine military, whose mercenary
and fascist tradition and orientation breed generals like Palparan.
They kill innocent civilians, massacre families, disappear suspected
rebels, and sow terror in communities, in the name of
counter-insurgency programs, which continue to happen under the Aquino
government,” Palabay said.
Enforce UN judgement vs. Palparan
Karapatan today also called
on the Aquino administration to enforce the views of the United
Nations Human Rights Committee to prosecute and hold Palparan
accountable for the killings of Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy.
Southern Tagalog secretary general, was abducted on April 2003 by
soldiers under Gen. Palparan in Mindoro Oriental, while conducting a
fact-finding mission on human rights violations perpetrated by
Palparan and his men. All of the 11 members of the fact-finding team
were abducted. They were eventually located in different jails, except
for two, Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy, a peasant leader, whose both
bodies were found lifeless with gunshot wounds and torture marks.
Witnesses point to the “Bonnet Gang,” a paramilitary group linked with
the Philippine Army’s 204th Infantry Battalion of which then Col.
Jovito Palparan Jr. was the commanding officer.
Murder charges were filed
against Gen. Palparan and his men for the Marcellana-Gumanoy killing
but the Justice Department, then headed by Raul Gonzales, junked the
charges. It was in 2008 that the United Nations Human Rights Committee
(UNHRC) released its views on the case, after a complaint was filed by
Karapatan and relatives of the victims, assisted by counsels from the
National Union of People’s Lawyers. The UNHRC concluded that the
Philippine government failed to protect the rights of Marcellana and
Gumanoy and provide remedies for redress for the relatives of the
victims. The Committee also urged the Philippine government to
initiate and pursue criminal proceedings against Palparan and his men,
and to ensure that such violation do not recur in the future.
Palabay said there were 138
victims of extrajudicial killing (EJK) under Palparan’s watch, out of
the 1,206 EJK victims during Macapagal-Arroyo’s term. Karapatan also
documented 59 victims of enforced disappearances by Palparan and his
cohorts, out of the 206 victims of disappearances during the past
PNP and AFP bagged
P5.8M for arresting a different man, again
August 16, 2014
QUEZON CITY – "Kumita
na naman ang mga pulis at militar!" (The police and military just got
richer!) Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said referring
to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the
Philippines (AFP) who allegedly profited from the recent arrest of
60-year old Eduardo Esteban.
Last August 5, 2014 in Jaro,
Iloilo, Eduardo Esteban was arrested under a warrant for Manuel
Esteban, an alleged ranking leader of the New People's Army in Ilocos-Cordillera.
Manuel Esteban with aliases Bonnie/Jun/Bennie has a P5.8 million
bounty which has just been rewarded for the arrest of Eduardo.
Eduardo Esteban was at home
in the morning of August 5 in Brgy. Buntala, Jaro, Iloilo City when
joint elements of the PNP and AFP arrested him. The arresting officers
showed a warrant of arrest for a murder charge issued by Judge Corpus
B. Alzate of the Abra RTC Branch 2. Attached to the arrest warrant is
an order from the said court, amending an information filed by the
Provincial Prosecutor, "the name Esteban Manuel or Manuel Esteban
appearing on the face of the information be changed to Eduardo A.
Esteban to conform with the evidence/documents submitted to this
Court." This order was dated June 26, 2013.
The name “Manuel Esteban”
appears to be in the list of Department of National Defense-Department
of Interior and Local Government’s Joint Order in Reward (JOR) Number
14-2012. Some 235 names were on the said list with warrants of arrest,
all of whom are alleged “CPP/NPA/NDF leaders.”
Contrary to AFP Chief Gen.
Gregorio Catapang’s statement on the arrest, Eduardo Esteban has
retired from the Communist Party of the Philippines 10 years ago.
Before his arrest, he was living with his family and owns a sari-sari
store in his hometown in Iloilo. Eduardo Esteban has been suffering
from diabetes and is a cancer survivor.
In a statement issued by
Communist Party of the Philippines, Eduardo Esteban was never part of
revolutionary forces in Ilocos-Cordillera Region.
"This is no different from
the case of security guard Rolly Panesa who was arrested under the
warrant for NPA leader Benjamin Mendoza," Palabay cited. "The AFP
bagged P5.6M for Panesa's arrest," she added. After 10 months of
detention, the Court of Appeals resolved that Mendoza is NOT Panesa
and ordered for his release,” Palabay said.
She also cited the case of
farmer Olegario Sevas, who was arrested in December 2011 in Negros
Occidental under the warrant against "Filemon Mendrez,” an alleged NPA
leader. Anti-mining activist Romeo Rivera is also imprisoned and is
facing several criminal charges filed against a certain “Felix Armodia,”
alleged Front Secretary of the CPP-NPA.
“All of these cases has an
equivalent reward money which the AFP claimed," Palabay said.
"The AFP isn’t contented
with the billions of DAP it is receiving from BS Aquino. They still
need to perform modus operandi arrests to get more millions," Palabay
said. "Etong mga rumaraket ng reward money ang dapat na nakukulong
kasama ng mga magnanakaw ng kaban ng bayan (Those who are making money
of the reward money should be jailed together with those who plundered
the people's money),” Palabay ended.
Pinoy youth invited
to present to U.N. Climate Summit
Former US Vice President Al
Gore Challenges youth to be voice on climate change
August 15, 2014
Former Vice President of the
United States Al Gore is supporting the United Nations by urging young
people across the globe to demand world leaders act on climate change
as part of the new Why? Why Not? campaign.
The initiative, led by The
Climate Reality Project, aims to make climate change a leading voting
issue in the world and build support for a binding international
agreement on greenhouse gas reductions at the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Paris in
The global campaign,
launching today, asks young people to challenge their leaders and make
a positive difference for the future of the planet by asking two
simple questions about how we respond to climate change today – and
how we could tomorrow: “Why?” and “Why not?”
“Climate change is the
number-one issue facing humanity today and should be acknowledged as
such by our leaders. It is important for the future of our children to
ask world leaders “Why?” and “Why not?” and drive our elected
officials to act on climate change,” said Al Gore, Chairman of The
Climate Reality Project.
The Philippines was selected
as a target country because Climate Reality believes it to be critical
to the international climate change agreement process. In addition to
the Philippines, the campaign will also be aimed at Australia, Brazil,
India, South Africa and the USA.
The campaign will work to
recruit young people from around the world, aged between 13 and 21, to
be the voices of the generation with the most to lose from the effects
of climate change. The campaign will launch a contest inviting young
people to film a short video asking leaders a “Why?” or “Why not?”
question on climate change and solutions.
The creators of the six best
submissions will be flown to New York to attend the Climate Summit on
23rd September and be part of a multimedia presentation to world
leaders calling for action and ambition on climate change. The
deadline for video submissions is September 8, 2014.
The campaign will continue
to build momentum leading up to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change’s 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris
in December 2015, with the aim of creating overwhelming public support
for a global agreement on greenhouse gas reductions and climate
People can show their
support for the global Why? Why Not? campaign by joining the community
online at climaterealityproject.org, following @ClimateReality, or
visiting Climate Reality on Facebook and Google+.
For information on how to
create and submit a short “Why?” or “Why not?” video, please go to:
condemns DAP and the dictatorial aspirations of PNoy
By Health Alliance for
August 15, 2014
QUEZON CITY – Health
Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) today will lead various health groups in
calling for the abolition of all pork barrel funds and lump sum
appropriations like the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)
through a mass action that will be held at the entrance of the
Philippine General Hospital along Taft Avenue at 4:00 pm.
The health group is strongly
protesting the continuing implementation of the pork barrel system by
the Aquino administration, albeit in other forms, especially in the
light of the recent exposé involving health undersecretary Janette
“President Benigno Simeon
Aquino III is proving himself to be an incorrigible liar as he
continues to undermine the Supreme Court’s decision declaring DAP
unconstitutional,” said Dr. Geneve Rivera-Reyes, HEAD
According to transcripts of
an executive meeting with legislators, Usec. Garin instructed
legislators on how the bulk funds of the Department of Health’s
Medical Assistance Program can be used for their benefit. Even if the
money is with the DOH, it will be the legislators who will decide who
can use the funds, virtually giving them control over its use.
“The Medical Assistance
Program, which is aimed mainly to perpetuate the kind of patronage
politics Aquino needs to prop up support for his sagging popularity,”
The health group is also
condemning all talks on Charter change, especially one that will allow
Aquino to have a second term of office. Aquino has openly supported
calls to change the Philippine Constitution under the pretext of
curbing the power of the Supreme Court.
According to Reyes, the DAP
should now also be referred to as the “Dictatorial Aspirations of PNoy”.
“The Aquino presidency is
characterized economically by non-inclusive growth and politically by
a wanton betrayal of public trust. Only power-hungry politicians with
vested interests will seek to extend such a regime!”, Reyes warned.
“The people are demanding
for the ouster of Aquino, not term-extension, as he has pursued
policies and programs inimical to the interests of the people. He and
his cohorts should be held accountable for their crimes against the
The group vows to remain
vigilant and to continue leading protests against DAP and Charter
victims step forward, demand speedy conviction of Palparan
August 14, 2014
QUEZON CITY – Long
before super typhoon Yolanda wreaked havoc in Eastern Visayas that
claimed thousands of lives and damage to millions of property, Jovito
Palparan’s military-instigated tragedy first struck the region.
Two days after his arrest,
victims and survivors of Palparan in the provinces of Samar and Leyte
joined the call for a speedy conviction of the “butcher.”
“I felt a sense of
fulfillment, even a little, that Palparan has been arrested. We will
look into filing more charges against him. He should account to his
crimes in our region and to members of our church as well. We urge all
other victims of Palparan to come forward and do the same,” said Emma
Lapuz, widow of United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP)
pastor Rev. Edison Lapuz.
Rev. Lapuz and Alberto
Malinao, a leader of local peasant organization, were both shot dead
outside the former’s house on May 12, 2005. The pastor was then
conference minister of the UCCP and chairperson of Karapatan (Katungod-Sinirangang
Bisayas) in the region.
Palparan has earned the rank
of major general in 2004 when he was appointed commander of the 8th
Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, covering the area of Region
VIII, the provinces of Samar and Leyte.
In a span of six months,
from February to August of 2005, Palparan and his men unleashed a
bloody campaign of terror and mayhem upon the people of Leyte and
Samar and claimed 19 victims of extrajudicial killings, 12 victims of
enforced disappearances and 25 victims of torture in Eastern Visayas.
“The killings in 2005 were
intensive and without let-up. Only days and weeks separated the series
of murders. Victims were leaders and members of different people’s
organizations branded by Palparan as fronts of the Communist Party of
the Philippines and New People’s Army,” said Cristina Guevarra,
secretary general of Hustisya.
On March 14, 2005, Atty.
Felidito C. Dacut, regional coordinator of Bayan Muna Eastern Visayas
was shot dead by two unidentified men on board a motorcycle. Riding on
a multi-cab, Dacut just came from a meeting at the the Bayan Muna
regional headquarters in Tacloban.
Also, there were nine
victims and survivors of frustrated killings. One of them was Dario
Tomada, a peasant leader in Leyte, who narrowly escaped an
assassination attempt against him inside his house in Kananga, Leyte
on May 7, 2005. He and his brother survived the attack.
While in a sanctuary in
Manila, however, he was arrested in July 2010 and is facing trumped-up
charges of multiple murder as one of the John Does in the case along
with Jose Maria Sison and Satur Ocampo. Tomada is in detention at the
Manila City Jail.
“Like what he did in Mindoro,
Palparan hamletted communities of farmers and ordinary folks. They
were hauled and forced to undergo intensive interrogations, coerced to
sign documents incriminating themselves being rebels and made to
appear as rebel surrenderees pervaded in the far-flung communities,”
Emma will be joining other
victims of Palparan from Southern Luzon and Central Luzon to demand
the speedy trial and conviction of Palparan on Friday.
“Communities in Eastern
Visayas were subjected to food blockades, enforced curfews and regular
census by the military. Suspected rebel sympathizers and activists
when not being murdered in broad daylight were snatched out and never
been heard,” said Guevarra.
A protest action will also
be held on the next hearing of the kidnapping case against Palparan on
August 18 at the Malolos Regional Trial Court.
“Terror in Mindoro”
victims in Southern Tagalog cry for justice
August 13, 2014
QUEZON CITY – Before retired General Jovito Palparan was deployed in
Central Luzon, where he and his men abducted and tortured UP students
Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, he first sowed terror in Southern
Tagalog, particularly in Mindoro Oriental. This is where he was first
called “The Butcher.”
“We join the families of victims of Palparan in Southern Tagalog in
seeking justice. Palparan should face dozens of cases not only for the
disappearance of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, but also from the
extrajudicial killings in Mindoro and other parts of Southern Tagalog
when he was commanding officer of the 204th Brigade of the Philippine
Army,” Hustisya secretary general Cristina Guevarra said.
Palparan, then colonel and later on promoted to brigadier general, led
the Task Force Banahaw which was deployed in Laguna and later to
In Oriental Mindoro, there were 39 victims of extrajudicial killings.
Some of the victims include couple Expedito and Manuela Albarillo, the
Apolinar family (Ruben, Rodriga and Niña), Edilberto “Choy” Napoles,
Eden Marcellana and Eddie Gumanoy. These cases were brought before the
attention of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial
killings Prof. Philip Alston. On October 30, 2008, the United Nations
Human Rights Committee concluded that the Philippine government
violated the rights of Marcellana and Gumanoy. The UN body also
recommended the filing of charges against Palparan.
In April 2003, Marcellana and Gumanoy led an 11-person fact finding
mission to look into a report of a human rights violation case in
Gloria town in Mindoro, Occidental. After the mission they were
waylaid by armed men, who were alleged as members of Palparan’s death
squad in the island, along the road who took Gumanoy and Marcellana
and three others on April 21. The next day, the bodies of Gumanoy and
Marcellana were found in a ditch in Bansud, Mindoro Oriental.
At the time of their deaths, Marcellana was secretary general of
Karapatan-Southern Tagalog Region while Gumanoy was chairperson of
Katipunan ng Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK), a
regional peasant alliance.
The family of Eden Marcellana today led the protesters in front of the
NBI and vowed to pursue the cases against Palparan. Orly Marcellana,
husband of Eden, filed thrice at the Department of Justice. All three
complaints were dismissed by the DOJ for lack of evidence against
Palparan and his men.
On Friday, victims and kin of victims of Palparan will gather at Balay
Kalinaw, University of Philippines-Diliman for a press conference.
“We are calling on all victims to come forward. More cases should be
brought against Palparan for the heinous crimes he has committed,”
foreign workers caught, TUCP urges senate and house to begin probe
August 13, 2014
QUEZON CITY – With
the arrest of 52 more foreign workers allegedly working without valid
working permits in Davao City last week, the Trade Union Congress of
the Philippines (TUCP) urges the Senate and the House of
Representatives to act on their pending resolutions calling for a
probe in aid of legislation on the matter.
“There is indeed a clear,
continuing and growing violation of our domestic laws. The increasing
incidence of migrants working in the country without necessary
government working permits and without fulfilling other requirements
for alien workers has very serious adverse implications not only in
the local construction industry, fishing, mining and other industries,
but also in the current employment and underemployment situation in
the country. This further undermines the job security in the country,
as they compete with the already limited jobs generated for the
Filipinos in our homeland,” TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said.
For not having valid working
permits, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) rounded up last week 50
Chinese, one British and one Australian working in the construction of
coal-fired power plant Therma South Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Aboitiz Power Corporation.
There is also a need to
investigate Aboitiz Power Corporation on how were they able to hire
the foreigners amid the existence of the law.
In December last year, the
BI detained and deported more than 200 foreign workers working in
construction sites in Bataan and Batangas provinces after they were
discovered to have without working permit.
But on one hand, Tanjusay
stressed that the probe, if ever, will also benefit migrant workers in
terms of labor standards and working conditions. Illegal migrant
workers, he explained, are vulnerable to violation and exploitation of
their basic rights as workers as they cannot be provided protection by
“They are susceptible to
being abused for reasons such as their lack of capacity to speak and
understand the Filipino language and other exploitative working
conditions such as unjust compensation given to them. They should
enjoy the freedom from this worst form of modern-day slavery,”
Santiago filed Senate Resolution 288 in December 2013 and TUCP
Party-list Rep. Raymond Mendoza filed House Resolution 974 on February
2014 to conduct an inquiry aid of legislation on the said matter but
rates have remained static on the average of 7% the past years.
According to the April 2014 Labor Force Survey, the unemployment rate
was at 7.0% or 2.924 Million of the total labor force of 38,172,006,
excluding the typhoon Yolanda stricken areas while 18.2% or 7.0
Million were underemployed, and about 36.9% or 1.078 Million of the
unemployed are were college undergraduates and graduates.
The World Bank, through its
Philippine Development Report (PDR) released in September 2013,
estimates that about 10 million good jobs are needed to be generated
per year which includes jobs for about three (3) million people who
are unemployed and seven (7) million who are underemployed, and that
the government also needs to create employment for another 1.15
million new entrants to the labor force every year from 2013 to 2016.
On the average, the
government can only generate about 240,000 new employment
opportunities annually which leave most job-seekers with no choice but
to either seek employment abroad, remain unemployed, go back to
school, or rely on financial support from employed family members for
the time being.
“We clearly reiterate that
TUCP is not against the entry of foreign workers in the country, but
of the adverse impact on our very own workers who are being deprived
of potential employment and livelihood opportunities,” Tanjusay added.
Foreign nationals must go
through the due process legally mandated by the laws. Under the
Department Order No. 12 (Series of 2001) known as the Omnibus
Guidelines for the Issuance of Employment Permits of the Department of
Labor and Employment, all foreign nationals seeking employment in the
Philippines are mandated to apply for an Alien Employment Permit (AEP).
DOLE Order No. 12 states
that “an AEP shall be issued based on the following: (i) compliance by
the applicant employer of the foreign national with the substantive
and documentary requirements; (ii) determination of the DOLE Secretary
that there is no Filipino national who is competent, able and willing
to do the job for which the services of the applicant is desired; and
(iii) assessment of the DOLE Secretary that the employment of the
foreign national will redound to national benefit.”
8ID troops seized
high powered firearms and medical supplies
By DPAO, 8ID PA
August 12, 2014
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City, Samar – Troops under the 8th Military Intelligence Battalion
recovered one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) long magazine with live
ammunition and a medical kit with assorted medicines, 1-syringe,
dextrose and gloves at the vicinity of Barangay San Miguel and
Barangay San Francisco, both of Las Navas, Northern Samar on August
11, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.
According to the report
received by this Headquarters, the recovered firearm and Medical kit
were discovered by a concerned citizen along the withdrawal route of
the New People’s Army members after an encounter with government
troops on July 31, 2014 at Barangay San Miguel, Las Navas, Northern
The concerned citizen later
reported the location of the firearm to Headquarters 8th Infantry
Division which mobilized the 8th Military Intelligence Battalion that
recovered the firearm. More troops were dispatched in the areas near
Barangay San Francisco and Barangay San Miguel to pursue the rebels
who were reported to be hiding in their hideouts near the said
welcomes arrest of Palparan, calls for justice
August 12, 2014
QUEZON CITY – A broad
network of peace advocates, Kapayapaan - campaign for a just and
lasting peace - welcomed the arrest of retired Army Gen. Jovito
Palparan Jr. and expressed hopes that justice would soon be served to
victims of human rights violations.
Dr. Lito Manalili, former
Dean of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development and
one of the convenors of Kapayapaan, said that the arrest of the
military official linked to gross human rights violations shows that
there are still patriotic and democratic elements in state security
forces who uphold the rule of law.
Palparan was arrested early
morning of August 12 by elements of the National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI). A warrant of arrest was issued against him in
December 2011 for charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention
in relation to the enforced disappearance of University of the
Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
“This is a good step but
there is a long way to go to make Palparan accountable for all the
human rights abuses he committed against activists and civilians,”
Besides the Cadapan-Empeno
case, Palparan was identified as the mastermind behind the killings of
Southern Tagalog human rights defenders Eden Marcellana and Eddie
Gumanoy in April 2003. Palparan is also implicated in the hundreds of
cases of extrajudicial killings in Eastern Visayas, Central Luzon and
Southern Tagalog where he was assigned during the administration of
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The network also called for
the scrapping of counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan. “Aquino’s
Oplan Bayanihan, a continuation of Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya, which
creates and emboldens the likes of Palparan,” Manalili said. “Instead
of addressing the roots of the armed conflict, these counterinsurgency
policies target activists and dissenters and resulted in gross human
Kapayapaan noted that former
United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary and
arbitrary executions, in his visit to the Philippines during Arroyo’s
term, attributed the extrajudicial killings to the Philippine
government’s counterinsurgency program. Instead of reversing the
policy and practice of gross human rights violations, Arroyo went to
the extent of publicly praising Palparan in her 2006 State of the
Kapayapaan said the
Government of the Philippines (GPH) must uphold the Comprehensive
Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian
Law (CARHRIHL) and punish Palparan for crimes in violation of the
landmark agreement in the peace negotiations.
“See you in court”
welcomes arrest but demands Palparan to be in a regular jail
August 12, 2014
QUEZON CITY –
"Families of the disappeared should see Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan in
Malolos Court on Monday, August 18, in the hearing of the case against
him. There is no reason why he should not be there," said Lorena “Aya"
Santos, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice.
"While we welcome butcher
Palparan's arrest, we remain more vigilant to see through that justice
be served soon," Santos said. Palparan is currently facing charges of
kidnapping and serious illegal detention at the Malolos Regional Trial
Court for the abduction and disappearance of University of the
Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006.
Palparan is accountable for
at least 59 victims of enforced disappearances: five victims in
Mindoro, 42 victims in Central Luzon, and 12 in Eastern Visayas.
"Palparan's arrest comes in
such a convenient timing to pull up BS Aquino's falling trust
ratings," Santos said. "As BS Aquino is being made accountable for the
unconstitutionality of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and
many other issues, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested
one of the most wanted men who have eluded arrest for more than two
years; and, eight years after the Karen and Sherlyn were abducted,
tortures and disappeared," Santos said.
"Let this be not an attempt
to gain pogi points for BS Aquino government. It is because of the
courage of the mothers of Karen and Sherlyn and the popular call of
the people for justice that Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and Sgt.
Edgardo Osorio are now face charges in court," Santos said. M/Sgt.
Rizal Hilario, also a co-accused in the case, remains to be a
"We demand that Palparan be
imprisoned in a regular jail and not in a military custody," Santos