Dela Rosa: No VIP treat­ment for Pal­paran

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BUREAU of Cor­rec­tions (Bu­cor) chief Ron­ald dela Rosa as­sured on Thurs­day that re­tired army gen­eral Jovito Pal­paran will not re­ceive any spe­cial treat­ment in­side the Na­tional Bili­bid Prison (NBP).

“Prom­ise, walang VIP treat­ment. Wala. Nor­mal lang siya doon, or­di­naryo na in­mate. Kung kailan­gan niyang mat­u­log sa kar­ton, sa kar­ton siya mat­u­log,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa said Pal­paran will un­dergo a max­i­mum of two months of phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal ori­en­ta­tion at the NBP’S Re­cep­tion and Di­ag­nos­tic be­fore he will fi­nally be trans­ferred to the max­i­mum se­cu­rity com­pound along with other con­victed crim­i­nals.

He said Pal­paran will be shar­ing a cell with 37 other de­tainees who were also ei­ther for­mer po­lice or mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

Pal­paran was trans­ferred to the Bili­bid on Wed­nes­day evening, nearly three weeks af­ter he was found guilty of se­ri­ous il­le­gal de­ten­tion and kid­nap­ping in re­la­tion to the dis­ap­pear­ance of stu­dent-ac­tivists Sher­lyn Cada­pan and Karen Em­peño in June 2006.

He was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment.

Pal­paran was the Philip­pine Army North Lu­zon com­man­der who al­legedly im­ple­mented anti-in­sur­gency cam­paigns which led to the dis­ap­pear­ance and killing of anti-gov­ern­ment in­di­vid­u­als.

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

Mean­while, the Na­tional Union of Peo­ple’s Lawyers (NUPL) hailed Pal­paran’s trans­fer to reg­u­lar jail.

“The trans­fer was rather de­layed and sur­rep­ti­tious, far from the klieg lights he rev­eled in dur­ing his ar­ro­gant hey­days. He is used to stealth any­way. It is about time he re­ally serves time,” NUPL pres­i­dent Edre Olalia said in a state­ment.

Ear­lier, the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) said Pal­paran’s trans­fer to the NBP from the Philip­pine Army Cus­to­dial Cen­ter (PACC) in Taguig was de­layed be­cause Pal­paran still had an­other pend­ing case be­fore a Bu­la­can court in re­la­tion to the al­leged il­le­gal de­ten­tion of an eye­wit­ness on the Em­peno and Cada­pan case.

Olalia said those who tried to cod­dle and pro­tect Pal­paran will be held ac­count­able.

“We will make those who cod­dled [Pal­paran] ac­count­able for later,” he said.

“We have long mem­o­ries on mat­ters such as this. For now, the moth­ers as well as his other vic­tims and their rel­a­tives can sleep in peace,” he added.

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