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‘Di mabubulok sa kulungan? Moms of missing UP students fear Duterte, GMA will team up to free Palparan

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The mothers of the two University of the Philippines students who were abducted in 2006 have expressed fears that retired Army general Jovito Palparan Jr. will not spend decades in jail despite being convicted of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

Concepcion Empeño said President Rodrigo Duterte and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might team up to free Palparan.

The retired Army general was said to be one of Arroyo’s favorites when she was President.

“Nandyan na naman sa power si Gloria at etonpang ating Presidente, si Presidente Duterte, baka gagawa sila ng paraan para makawala [si Palparan],” she said in an interview over ANC Tuesday (September 18).

Erlinda Cadapan said the possibility that Duterte will grant pardon to Palparan is not remote considering his favorable view of the military.

“Sa nakikita ko, ang ating Presidente mas mahal niya ang military kaysa mamamayan,” she said.

“Merong possibility na i-pardon niya [si Palparan],” Cadapan added.

On Monday (September 17), a Malolos court sentenced Palparan and two other military officials to reclusion perpetua or 20 to 40 years of imprisonment over the kidnapping of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.

Karen and Sherlyn were reportedly researching on the plight of farmers in Bulacan when they were abducted in 2006. They have not been found since.

Palparan was the commander of the 7th Infantry Battalion pursuing an offensive against suspected communists at the time of Karen and Sherlyn’s abduction.