Palparan being coddled by reactionary system

ANG BAYAN
7 February 2012

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The Aquino government's promise to arrest fugitive Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. is a false one. This has become increasingly apparent with the government's continued failure to do so almost two months after the Malolos Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Palparan and three other co-accused.

Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, S/Sgt. Eduardo Osorio and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario are facing criminal charges before the Malolos RTC for the abduction, detention and torture of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and peasant activist Manuel Meriño. Anotado and Osorio are both under military custody while Palparan and his right hand man Hilario are in hiding.

During the latest hearing last January 30, Palparan's lawyers tried one legal maneuver after another to delay and derail the trial, including raising questions on the court's jurisdiction and claiming that they had received information that Cadapan and Empeño were "still alive."

Palparan committed large-scale violations of human rights. He was involved in the extrajudicial killing and abduction of several peasants and workers, hundreds of cases of illegal detention and the enforcement of martial law-like policies in communities he had operated in, in Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Eastern Visatas and Cordillera.

Palparan mirrored the Arroyo regime's brutal rule through Oplan Bantay Laya. He continues to serve as a model of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in implementing Oplan Bayanihan. As a rabid fascist, Palparan considered anyone who stood for and fought against oppression and exploitation as a "threat to national security." Palparan's views are advocated by the AFP through its document "Know the Enemy" and lectures conducted by military officers and men. These views guide them in their suppression of unarmed progressive forces and people in resistance who they accuse of supporting the revolutionary movement.

Despite condemnation from human rights organizations here and abroad, neither the Aquino regime nor the AFP has criticized or repudiated Palparan and his fascist views. In fact, the Aquino regime and the AFP are coddling him for his great service to the reactionary system. He is being accomodated through legal and illegal means the same way fascist criminals from Marcos to Arroyo have been given accomodation.

It is but just for the thousands of victims of Palparan's brutality to demand his punishment under the laws of the reactionary system. In the face of the Aquino regime's continued failure to apprehend Palparan, Erlinda Cadapan, Sherlyn's mother has been moved to say that Aquino should have issued a "shoot to kill order" instead of offering a one million-peso bounty for his supposed capture.

Simultaneously, the people's democratic government has the right to exercise its political authority and state power to subject Palparan to revolutionary justice. The Communist Party of the Philippines has ordered the New People's Army to arrest Palparan should the opportunity present itself, and bring him before the revolutionary people's court to face trial and receive its verdict. As a representative of the democratic interests of the Filipino people, the people's democratic government has the capability and determination to give justice to all victims of crimes against the people and human rights violations.