Court denies Palparan appeal to stay in military camp
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