Efforts to locate the general have been fruitless though he reportedly sent surrender feelers to officials last week
MANILA, Philippines – The government is offering a bounty of half a million pesos for the capture of fugitive retired general Jovito Palparan and one of his men who remain at large in connection with the pending criminal charges against them for the abduction of two student-activists.
In text messages sent to reporters on Monday, Dec. 27, 2011, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the P .5 million reward money has been approved by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Efforts to locate Palparan and retired M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario have been unsuccessful. We reported on Christmas eve however that he had sent surrender feelers to the Palace but set conditions, such as surrendering only to one government official that our sources refused to name.
A Malolos, Bulacan regional trial court earlier ordered the arrest of Palparan , Rizal and two others in connection with the abduction of two University of the Philippines (UP) student activists, five years ago.
The arrest warrants were issued by Malolos City, Bulacan RTC Branch 14 Judge Teodora Gonzales against Palparan, Army Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado of the 25th Infantry Battalion (IB) and retired M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario of the 24th IB.
Osorio and Anotado have since surrendered to the AFP Provost Marshall who turned them over to the police authorities.
Palparan and his men were charged last week with two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention for the disappearance of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.The crimes are non-bailable offenses. – Rappler.com