Court de­nies Pal­paran ap­peal to stay in mil­i­tary camp

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FOR­MER Army of­fi­cer Jovito Pal­paran’s ap­peal to halt the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Malo­los Re­gional Trial Court’s de­ci­sion that or­dered his trans­fer to the New Bili­bid Prison (NBP) has been de­nied.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra ANARMED nounced this on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 2.

“The Rtc-malo­los Branch 15 has de­nied Gen­eral Pal­paran’s mo­tion to hold the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the mit­timus or com­mit­ment order, cit­ing SC-OCA cir­cu­lar no.163-2013 which di­rects all trial court judges to cause the im­me­di­ate trans­fer of con­victed per­sons to the NBP, re­gard­less of the pen­dency of a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion or an ap­peal,” Gue­varra said.

Gue­varra said Armed Forces of the Philip­pines chief of staff Car­l­ito Galvez

Jr. as­sured him that the AFP will com­ply with the order of the court “im­me­di­ately.”

“I have per­son­ally dis­cussed the mat­ter with AFP chief Galvez, who has as­sured me that the AFP cus­to­dial cen­ter will im­me­di­ately com­ply, with­out prej­u­dice to the res­o­lu­tion of any fur­ther ju­di­cial re­view,” he said.

On Septem­ber 17, the Malo­los RTC or­dered the mil­i­tary to com­mit Pal­paran to the New Bili­bid Prison.

The court had found Pal­paran guilty of two counts of kid­nap­ping and se­ri­ous il­le­gal de­ten­tion over the dis­ap­pear­ance of Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines stu­dents Sher­lyn Cada­pan and Karen Em­peño in 2006.

De­spite the order, Pal­paran is still un­der the mil­i­tary’s cus­tody.

The mil­i­tary de­fied the court’s com­mit­ment order say­ing they still have to wait for the court’s an­swer on their clar­i­fi­ca­tion on which court de­ci­sion will pre­vail.

The Malo­los RTC Branch 19 ear­lier or­dered the mil­i­tary to place Pal­paran un­der their cus­tody pend­ing the res­o­lu­tion of the lat­ter’s case over the dis­ap­pear­ance of the Manalo broth­ers./suns­tar Philip­pines

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