UP makes bonfire anew, this time for Palparan's arrest
The retired major general went into hiding in 2011 when the Bulacan regional trial court issued an arrest warrant in connection to the disappearance of the 2 UP students.
Linda Cadapan, mother of one of the abducted state scholars, led the lighting of the bonfire. For her, Palparan's arrest doesn't necessarily mean the culmination of their 8-year-long search for justice.
"Matagal na siyang (Jovito Palparan) hinahanap, kumbaga nakahakbang ng isa dahil naaresto siya. Pero mabibigyan na ba tayo kaagad ng hustisya dahil nahuli na si Palparan?" Cadapan asked.
(We've been searching for Jovito Palparan for the longest time. His arrest is a step forward. However, do we immediately get justice with his arrest?)
Karapatan, an activist human rights group, added that the arrest of Palparan was "long overdue."
President Benigno Aquino III raised a P2 million bounty for the capture of the retired general, one of the most wanted fugitive in the country. However, the past 3 years haD been a fruitless search for Palparan.
Cadapan described the 8 long years of search for her daughter Sherlyn as the hardest ordeal in her life.
“Halos hindi na kaya ng aking katawan dahil mabigat na gawain talaga ang paghahanap. Siyempre may edad na at may sakit. Nanghihina din ako dahil sa galit na nararamdaman ko,” Cadapan shared.
(My body almost gave up because it wasn't easy to look for my daughter. I am old and sick. Anger has also affected my health.)
Despite all the challenges, Cadapan remains optimistic that she will someday be reunited with her daughter Sherlyn. "'Yan ang mahalagang pinakahakbang. ang mas mahalaga ay mahanap namin sila." (That's the most important thing – for us to finally find our daughters) – Rappler.com