‘The Butcher’ Palparan transferred to Bilibid
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received over the weekend the commitment order to have retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. to be brought to the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
“Gen. Palparan has already been committed from the AFP detention center to the NBP,” he said on Tuesday (Sept. 25).
Malolos City, Bulacan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 15 issued the commitment order following the conviction of Palparan who has been detained in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City since his arrest in 2014.
Last Sept. 17, the RTC issued a decision which found Palparan guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention concerning the 2006 disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
With this, the court sentenced him to suffer reclusion perpetua as well as pay to each of the families of Empeno and Cadapan P100,000 as civil indemnity and P200,000 as moral damages.
Also convicted along with Palparan are Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado Jr., and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio.
Since their co-accused, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, remains at-large, the court issued an alias warrant for his arrest and had the case against him archived.
Empeno and Cadapan were abducted during a pre-dawn abduction which took place in Barangay San Miguel, Hagonoy, Bulacan on June 26, 2006.
The court gave weight to the testimonies of witnesses including Wilfredo Ramos and Raymond Manalo who were also abducted by the military.
“In the final analysis, when taken together, the accounts of Wilfredo Ramos and Raymond Manalo weave a tapestry depicting the sordid details that make up the chain of circumstances which show the connection, cooperation and participation by and between the three accused herein regarding the occurance of the forcible abduction of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan and their subsequent illegal detention which indubitably link all of them to the said heinous crimes since their testimonies are consistent with the fact that such crimes had in fact been committed and the perpetrators thereof positively identified as borne by the evidence on record,” the court said.