AFP de­nies pro­tect­ing, cod­dling Pal­paran

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THE Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) de­nied on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1, that is cod­dling re­tired Ma­jor Gen­eral Jovito Pal­paran Jr., who was sup­posed to be de­tained at the Na­tional Bili­bid Prison af­ter he was found guilty of "kid­nap­ping" two stu­dents in 2006.

Pal­paran re­mains at the Philip­pine Army Cus­to­dial Cen­ter (PACC) in Taguig pend­ing the res­o­lu­tion of an­other case against him in re­la­tion to the il­le­gal de­ten­tion of an eye­wit­ness on the dis­ap­pear­ance of Univer­sity of the Philip­pines stu­dent-ac­tivists Sher­lyn Cada­pan and Karen Em­peño.

“The AFP shares the ag­grieved par­ties’ call for jus­tice. In de­fer­ring the trans­fer, the AFP is not pro­tect­ing Ma­jor Gen­eral Pal­paran et al. It merely sub­mits to the ju­di­cial pro­cesses al­ready in place and run­ning,” said AFP spokesper­son Bri­gadier Gen­eral Edgard Arevalo.

Pal­paran was sen­tenced to reclu­sion per­petua or life im­pris­on­ment on Septem­ber 17 by Malo­los Re­gional Trial Court Judge Alexan­der Ta­mayo. He was found guilty of se­ri­ous il­le­gal de­ten­tion and kid­nap­ping charges.

Un­der his watch as Philip­pine Army North Lu­zon Com­man­der, Pal­paran al­legedly im­ple­mented anti-in­sur­gency cam­paigns that led to sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance and killing of anti-gov­ern­ment in­di­vid­u­als.

Con­victed along with Pal­paran were Lieu­tenant Colonel Felipe Ano­tado Jr. and Staff Sear­gent Edgardo Os­o­rio.

Arevalo said Pal­paran re­mains at the PACC as he is fac­ing two cases.

"One be­fore Re­gional Trial Court Branch 15 of Judge Alexan­der Ta­mayo for Cada­pan and Em­peño case. The other case is with Re­gional Trial Court Branch 19 presided by Judge Fran­cisco Feliz­me­nio for Manalo Broth­ers case,” he said.

“Due to his con­vic­tion in the Cada­pan and Em­peño case, lawyers for Ma­jor Gen­eral Pal­paran et al. sub­mit­ted a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion on Septem­ber 18. Coun­sels also filed on Septem­ber 24 an ur­gent mo­tion to de­fer the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the or­der to trans­fer of Ma­jor Gen­eral Pal­paran -the res­o­lu­tion of which they are await­ing hence the con­tin­ued de­ten­tion at the PACC,” he added./ Suns­tar Philip­pines

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