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HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SEES CONVICTION OF PALPARAN 'STEP FORWARD FOR JUSTICE'



A human rights group has welcomed the development in the case of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, who along with two others, is facing charges in connection with the enforced disappearance of two state university students in 2006.

On Monday, Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 15 released its decision that found the accused guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention over the enforced disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.

Though it took 12 years before the accused were convicted, Karapatan Deputy Secretary General Roneo Clamor said “this is a step forward for justice.”

Clamor said Palparan should be in a civilian detention facility not in an army custodial center where he and his co-accused are detained, noting that the latter is not just responsible for the disappearance of EmpeÑo and Cadapan but also for a trail of killings in the regions of Eastern Visayas and Southern Tagalog.

Palparan was arrested in 2014 after years of hiding.