MALOLOS, Bulacan- Retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. was ordered by the local court to be arrested at the Bulacan Provincial Jail despite his request to remain in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Manila.
The immediate imprisonment of Palparan was ordered by Malolos Regional Trial Court Judge Teodora Gonzales. She was requested twice by Palparan to allow him to stay in the NBI headquarters.
“I am used to suffering your honor. I am not asking for special treatment, but all I ask is a secured environment because I value my life. If I am committed, my enemies will start running after me. There have been incidents of violence in that jail and it might happen again,” said Palparan in the course of the investigation.
The families and activists of Palparan screamed and cried as he was guarded in his way to his detention area.
Palparan faces charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the 2006 disappearance of two activists, Karen Empeno and Sheryl Cadapan of University of the Philippines.
Eduardo Millares, Palparan’s counsel, has asked the court for leniency which states that his client “has risked his life for this country.”
Palparan served as a commanding general of the military’s 7th infantry division in the year 2005 to 2006.
LNU ABCom Intern