Court orders Palparan jailed in Bulacan
MANILA, Philippines – A Bulacan court has ordered the detention of retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr at the Bulacan Provincial Jail.
Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 in Bulacan issued the order on Wednesday, August 13, a day after the military official’s arrest over the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006.
“The Chief of the Security Management Division of NBI, Manila, who is in custody of the person is hereby directed to produce him before this Court and to commit him at the Bulacan Provincial Jail immediately upon receipt hereof,” the court said.
It added, “The Provincial Jail Warden of Bulacan is hereby directed to commit the living body of accused M/Gen. Jovito Palparan in said jail.”
The court said it received on Wednesday the “Return of Warrant of Arrest” by Special Investigator III Rodelio Velez, showing that Palparan had been arrested by the Anti-Organized and Transnational Crime Division (AOTCD), National Bureau of Investigation, and that Palparan was detained at the NBI headquarters in Manila.
Palparan’s arraignment has been set on August 18, at 10 am.
On the day of his arrest, the military official said he can be jailed anywhere, for as long as his safety would be secured. (READ: Palparan: 'I don't want to die in the hands of the enemy)
He was apparently referring to the threat of communist rebels, since he headed the counterinsurgency campaign under the Arroyo administration from 2001 to 2006. (READ: TIMELINE: The search for Jovito Palparan)
On December 18, 2013, the Armed Forces of the Philippines declared Bulacan – a known hotbed of the communist insurgency – as "cleared of communist terrorists affectation and influence."
Palparan and 3 other military personnel are charged with two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the 2006 abduction Cadapan and Empeno.
He went into hiding in 2011, after the same Bulacan regional trial court issued a warrant for his arrest. – Rappler.com