December 19, 2011

Reference: Cristina Palabay, Tanggol Bayi Spokesperson (09175003879)


“Retired Major General Jovito Palparan’s attempt to flee the country clearly illustrates how he, like former Pres. Gloria Arroyo and other notorious human rights violators, have tried to evade justice and accountability, once again, for their crimes against the victims and the people for the longest time during their reign in office. This mad dog should immediately be arrested and put to jail.”

Thus stated Cristina Palabay, Tanggol Bayi spokesperson, after Palparan reportedly tried to leave the country this morning after the Department of Justice issued a resolution finding probable cause on the cases filed against him, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio for two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of two missing UP students, Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006. The DOJ released the resolution on December 15, 2011.

“We likewise demand for the change of venue of court proceedings hereon from the Malolos Bulacan Regional Trial Court (RTC) to an RTC in Metro Manila because of security risks being faced by the complainants, witnesses and lawyers in an area where the military has active presence and where the abduction of the two women human rights defenders took place,” Palabay added.

Aside from the above-mentioned charges, charges of rape, serious physical injuries, maltreatment of prisoners, grave threats, and grave coercion were filed against the perpetrators by the mothers of Sherlyn and Karen at the DOJ last May 2011.

“We salute the resoluteness and courage of the mothers of Sherlyn and Karen and the witnesses in pursuing this quest for justice. Their efforts are among the crucial steps in ending impunity in the country. They have actually taken one of the more decisive steps to do such, compared to the inept attitude of Pres. Noynoy Aquino in prosecuting Arroyo and her cohorts for crimes against the people,” Palabay concluded.


About Tanggol Bayi

Established in 2008, Tanggol Bayi is an association of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Philippines. It is formed primarily for the recognition, advancement, and protection of the rights of women human rights defenders who are advocating for the realization of human rights.
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