IP group lauds Palparan arrest

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Members of an indigenous peoples organization is hopeful for the immediate solution of a case filed against a general turned fugitive.

Beverly Longid of the Katribu Party-list hopes for justice for Indigenous Peoples in the region following the arrest of retired Major General Jovito Palparan.

"Good news na finally nahuli si Palparan, with this, the wheel of justice should turn," Longid said.

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Palparan is being pinned for the 2006 disappearance of two University of the Philippines (UP) students, and was arrested Tuesday by the National Bureau of Investigation - Anti-Organized Transnational Crimes Division (NBI-AOTCD) and Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Intelligence and Security Force/Counter Intelligence Group.

Palparan, now 63, has been in hiding for almost four years.

"It should also be a warning - justice shall be served," Longid said of the arrest of Palparan after years in hiding.

Palparan was assigned in the Cordilleras from 1991 -1994 and is being tagged as the mastermind in the torture and killing of Marcelo Fakilang, who was tortured and killed in his own hometown in Betwagan, Sadanga, Mountain Province in 1992.

Palparan is also being blamed for the enforced disappearance of tribal leader Aboli of Dallik, Bontoc, Mt. Province, who has been missing since 1993 after villagers found his carabao in a deserted part of a field, with a blood trail leading to his stained clothes and slippers but his body was never found.

Aside from the death and disappearance of the two tribal leaders, Palparan allegedly commanded the paramilitary CAFGU to carry out atrocities against indigenous peoples in the region.

“We hope the Aquino Administration will not give him preferential treatment similar sa mga sangkot sa DAP,” Longid said.

Palparan carries the moniker of “The Butcher” by human rights activists, pointing to him as mastermind of numerous disappearances and deaths.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 14, 2014.

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