Palace: Palparan’s capture not to please Reds

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MALACANANG said Wednesday that the arrest of retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. was not to please the Maoist group.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the ex-military general was apprehended on Tuesday based on the intelligence report provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

"I think it's also inaccurate to say that the arrest [was] done to please the NDF (National Democratic Front) I don't think you can relate the arrest of Mr. Palparan as confidence-building measure. It happened. And we’re committed to arrest, apprehend anyone who evades the law," he said.

Lacierda made the clarification amid observation that Palparan's arrest was part of the confidence-building measure with the NDF, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), in order to resume the formal peace talks, which have been stalled since 2011.

Militant and human rights groups called Palparan as "The Butcher" for allegedly being behind the extrajudicial killings of political activists.

Palparan was captured after almost three years since he went into hiding following the issuance of a warrant of arrest by a Bulacan court against him for alleged kidnapping and serious illegal detention of two students from the University of the Philippines.

While there was no formal negotiation between the government and the NDF peace panels, Lacierda said that there have been "informal discussions" on both sides. (SDR/Sunnex)

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