Mothers of 2 missing UP students slam Aquino

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Monday, February 10, 2014

THE mothers of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan on Monday slammed the Aquino government for failing to arrest Jovito Palparan, two years after arrest warrant was issued against the retired military general for the disappearance of the two student activists back in 2006.

"It has been more than two years now since the warrant of arrest was issued against Retired General Jovito Palparan. But up to this time, he has not been arrested or the government refuses to arrest him," Linda Cadapan and Concepcion Empeño said through the group Desaparecidos.

"We've been searching for our daughters and fighting for justice almost eight years now. Is this our fate, we who are not influential in this country? Or the government simply chose to remain blind and deaf to the worsening human rights situation and injustice in this country?" Empeño added.


In an open letter addressed to President Benigno Aquino III and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Empeño said the government has not done anything on the case against Palparan.

On January 5, 2012, De Lima said the government has doubled the bounty on the head of Palparan, who was charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Empeño and Cadapan.

De Lima then said that they were "getting good leads" on the whereabouts of Palparan, dubbed as "berdugo" or "butcher" by militant activists.

Empeño said that while hearings have been going on at the Malolos Regional Trial Court, the progress is moving at a turtle's pace.

"The hearings were always postponed because the military failed to present its witnesses. The delay might give Lt. Anotado and Sgt. Osorio the opportunity to escape," Empeño said.

Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio are among Palparan's co-accused who both remains under military custody. (Sunnex)

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