Inmates at Bulacan jail want Palparan transferred

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Monday, September 1, 2014

RELATIVES of the detainees and inmates at the Bulacan Provincial Jail in Malolos, Bulacan, appealed to government to transfer detained retired major general Jovito Palparan to other detention centers.

A spouse of one of the inmates who requested anonymity said Monday that they are afraid that their relatives inside the jail will be harmed due to threats to the life of Palparan.

Palparan faces kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges over the enforced disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno in Bulacan in 2006.

He is also being accused of masterminding the disappearance of several people, particularly political activists and suspected communist rebels, during his stint as military chief in Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Central Luzon.

"Siyempre may banta sa kaniyang buhay. Paano kung isagawa 'yung masamang balak sakanya sa loob ng kulungan? Mamaya madamay pa 'yung mahal naming sa buhay. Mahirap na. Kaya sana ilipat nalang siya doon sa siya nalang para kung may mangyari ma wala nang ibang madadamay," she said.

In Monday's hearing, Palparan asked Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 14 to cause his transfer to the Intelligence Services, Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp) detention facility in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, or at the Philippine Army Custodial Center in Camp Bonifacio in Taguig City citing the "serious threat to his life."

Narzal Mallares, Palparan's counsel, said the AFP has expressed willingness to take the former military official under its custody.

Edre Olalia, legal counsel of Cadapans and Empeños, however, argued that Palparan should remain in a regular jail because he will "surely be given special treatment in his former home," the military.

Olalia said budget for Palparan's transfer every time he attends a hearing as well as his security expenses will increase once he is will be transferred to a detention center outside Bulacan.

Gonzales has given both parties a week to submit their comment regarding Palparan's appeal for jail transfer.

Meanwhile, anti-Palparan groups that staged rally protest in front of the Malolos RTC were not able to get close to the former military commander this time as he was fully guarded by the elements of the National Bureau of Investigation, AFP and Philippine National Police.

As reported, during the arraignment of the case last August, protesters almost hit Palparan's head as they came face-to-face. (Sunnex)

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