Palparan ‘clones’ still infest PH military, says Colmenares




DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The extrajudicial killings in Mindanao prove that hundreds of Jovito Palparans exist in the military, contrary to the claims of a high military official  that the so-called “berdugo (butcher)” was the last of his kind, Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said.

Palparan, a retired military officer, is accused of masterminding the extrajudicial killings of activists in the places where he was assigned. He went into hiding early this year after a court ordered his arrest in connection with the abduction in 2006 and subsequent disappearance of two University of the Philippines students.

Colmenares and several members of the House committee on justice, chaired by Rep. Rene Relampagos of Bohol, are in the city for the two-day hearing on extrajudicial killings until Friday.

Colmenares said the committee will hear the accounts of more than 30 witnesses.

“Listening to their stories alone will expose as a lie the Army’s claim that Palparan is the last of his kind in the Philippine Army,” Colmenares said. “The rising incidence of human rights violations in Mindanao alone will prove there are still hundreds of Palparans roaming around.”

As of September this year, the human rights group Karapatan placed at 114 the number of activists killed during the administration of President Aquino, 26 of them in Mindanao.

Earlier, Army chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said the Armed Forces of the Philippines has been “seriously” addressing allegations of human rights violations against the military by prosecuting erring officers.

“Is there someone like him (Palparan) in the Army? Not any more. Even you can answer that,” Bautista replied when asked at a recent meeting with Inquirer editors and reporters about the existence of other military officers like Palparan.

But Colmenares said the accounts of witnesses were enough for the public to “see there are still so many Palparans roaming around.”

Colmenares and Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said that the government’s failure to arrest Palparan despite an outstanding warrant for his arrest showed the reigning climate of impunity in the country.

“In contrast, 350 political prisoners continue to languish in jail with trumped up charges; some of them were even arrested and imprisoned without warrant,” Colmenares said.

He said three evidence continues to show the pattern in the extrajudicial killings of activists, namely:  the vilification, which is usually made in public, linking the activists to the armed Communist movement; then, the actual killing committed in broad daylight as if the perpetrators are not afraid to cover their tracks; and the complete lack of interest on the part of government to prosecute the perpetrators.

He said that in Mindanao, the killings are on the rise in areas where opposition to mining is at its height.

Colmenares said these included the Oct. 18 deaths of the wife and sons of B’laan anti-mining leader Dagil Capion in Kiblawan, Davao del Sur; the October 17, 2011 killing of Italian priest  Fausto Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato; the killing of Jimmy Liguyon, vice chair of the indigenous peoples’ group Kasilu Lumad in Bukidnon, among others.

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  • generalproblem

    ok lang yan kesa naman clone ng mga bading ang nasa afp.

  • patriotic_act

    IMHO Activists, Militants, Rallyists, Leftists and Communists who starts to become a threat to the society only deserved what they got.. they are no longer like the activists of the past who after airing their grievances will revert back to being productive citizens of this country.

    Unlike those of today who are nothing but a problem, a constant nuisance who made “activism” their “business” thus throwing away their relevance.. becoming merely a problem of our country.. they are bane of our society and I will support a total purging of these undisciplined people.

    • Paglaya

      There seems to a lot of confusion to leftist label–a label that connotes something evil and demonic. You see, the label Left and Right dates back to the French Revolution where those representatives coming from the landed class, the bankers and capitalist class literally sits on the right side of the hall of the French parliament; and those representatives of the working people and petty proprietors literally sits on left side. The Rightist came to be known as the defenders of the status quo while the Leftists represent progress and reforms as spelled out in their political programs. Because of the strong currents of anti-Communist hysteria and demonization campaign foisted by the Western capitalist powers centered in the US, the leftist term degenerated and evolved into something else in the popular psyche–from something that promotes progress and advancement to something evil and demonic. I come to this insight as a practical student of history, economics and politics.So you see, in the Philippines, when you are advocate of reforms and critical of the ills of society you’re branded Leftist, Communist and enemy of the state. This brand is a death warrant for security forces to haunt you down, incarcerate and be subjected to the cruelest condition of state prison and the art of torture perfected by the state, denied of the basic human rights and Constitutional guarantees. This condition practically happened during the Martial Law years and this is still happening now.

      • patriotic_act

        I cant help but partially agree.. that is very well said and finely described.

        altho like what I said it is the right of everyone to “peacefully demonstrate” but when that “peacefully” becomes “hostility” and “threatening” then its a different story.

        it is also because that when those people made activism their business there will be NO good governance for them because if there will be no more to complain at there will be no more reason for them to exist.. thats why they will always find something to complain and oppose at to give reason for their existence.

      • Paglaya

        IMHO, hindi lang sila basta complain nang complain dahil sa bawat pagkilos nila ay may inihahaing solution ie, usapang langis iminumungkahi nila na irepeal ang OIL DEREGULATION LAW (na nagbibigay ng pahintulot na magtaas lang nang magtaas ng presyo ang mga kartel ng petrolyo kung saan walang kakayahan o silipin man lang ng gubyerno ito) pinakinggan ba? hindi.  bakit? dahil hindi naman sinsero ang gubyermo na pagsilbihan ang interes ng mga tao, ng naghaharing uri ay oo.

        Forty years ago, the so called ‘moderates’ in a forum in UP Baguio College were criticizing the KM and SDK activists for holding noisy and ‘rowdy’ demonstrations and ‘defacing’ the campus and city walls with ‘ugly’ slogans. I replied that those demonstrations and slogans were meant to arouse and mobilize our people against the rising threat of fascist dictatorship. They could not be so refined and beautiful as dinner party. If you are fighting for your life, you do not have the luxury of putting on make up or even combing your hair. The next day, Martial Law was declared.-Rey Claro Casambre 

      • patriotic_act

        I really hope na yung mga yung dinescribe mong ginagawa ng mga aktibista eh ang ginagawa ng mga aktibista ngayon.

        way back my college years I work as an OJT for a news team from channel 13, I have seen this activists, rallyists and militants first hand, and I saw their antics whenever a camera is around and I also know how they act when the camera is off.

        either way I respect your opinion altho my opinion stays and if ever I will support a total purge of all violent activists.

  • virgoyap

    If there are countless of clones within Jun Alcover’s group how much more within the group of  Palparan? The problem is how to pinpoint and block them.

  • RobertoMagtuytoy

    In reality, this guy is a gun-for-hire guy whose services is directly related to favors given to him.

    Ginamit yata ni  GMA ito.  

    • Mike Arroyo

      Madami pa daw ang tulad ni Palparan hanggang ngayon. Tingin mo ginagamit pa din ni GMA? Move ka na uy! GMA ka pa rin ng GMA.

      • RobertoMagtuytoy

        SI Palparan ang usapan dito na naging trigger-man ng GMA Administration.  Yung mga clones, accusations lang yun.  SADIK, may time element sa kwentuhan.  ANONG MOVE ON ka jan?

  • jeray

    Sana marami pang clone. At mga kurakot na congressman naman ang titirahin. 

  • Ricky


  • magiting78

    Sa mga clone ni Palparan…pwd po ba paki tira n rin c Casino at iba pang leftist….pampagulo lng s pulitika mga yan…lolz

  • Daniel

    Analyzing the statements and rhetoric of this animal can be summed up into one purpose…..that is, maligning and destroying the image of the military.

    Granting that Palparan is a “butcher” as claimed by the leftists….it can’t be denied that in the eyes and beliefs of all patriotic, freedom-loving and peaceful citizens, the General is their “hero”.

    As I live and learn to like the democratic ideals of this country, I tend to side with people who denounce communism and radical thinking of Colmenares.

    • Paglaya

      but for gaya naming biktima ng karahasang militar ay isa siyang demonyo!

      • yahoo-F3LT3U3KVKSS5I6BEY6JPLF4EU

        Isa po akong magsasaka dito sa Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental may maliit na lupang sakahan. Ang problema ko ay ang mga NPA na palaging nanghihingi ng abuloy, paghindi ka magbigay sa kanila pinag-iinitan ka. Minsan nagsasalita ako against sa kanila piangbintangan ako na isang ahente ng gobyerno, reaksyonaryo, burgis at iba pa. Nasaan na ba ang malayang pamamahayag ng ating isipan,? diktadurya ang pamamalakad ng mga NPA..minsan may nakita akong mga batang NPA pawang mga minor pa, pagmamatay sa enkwentro sasabihin na pati bata ay pinatay ng mga militar…hay naku , Palparan balik ka nga sa serbisyo

      • Paglaya

        in the first place ‘outlawed po ang NPA’ pero, anong ginagawa ng AFP para ubusin ang mga NPA na ito? WALA! ang alam lang nilang gawin ay magnakaw sa kaban ng bayan, at patayin yung mga sibilyang WALANG ARMAS gaya ni Leonardo Co [isang sibilyang botanist] na niratrat nila ng bala dahil sa sobrang KADUWAGAN nila. At yung B’laan massacre na pinatay ng AFP (isang buntis at dalawang bata) dahil  tutol ang mga ito sa mga minahang pinoprotektahan naman ng AFP o si Sherlyn at Karen Cadapan pagkatapos dukitin, itorture ay ginahasa pa . eh? 

      • Paglaya

        same as me, noong community organiser ako back in 2010 sa Agusan nakita ko kung paano mangotong ang military pagtumanggi ka– gulpi ka tyak (sabi nung mga tao dun) pag  nagsalita ka laban sa kanila itatag ka na nila bilang member/symphatizer ng CPP-NPA or whatsoever. Nakita ko rin kung paano nila dahasin (may intances pa na nakita ko kung paano sila manggamkam ng lupa)  ang mga katutubo para makapasok ang minahan kunwari gagawa ng daan tama naman, daan ng daan minahan paglumaban ka todas ka (see Fr. Pops Tentorio, pinatay, binansagan nilang rebel priest dahil tutol ito sa pagpasok ng minahan at tagapagtanggol ng karapatan ng mga katutubo) kaya hindi na ako nagtataka kung bakit maraming nagrerebelde sa gubyerno.

    • Paglaya

      You tend to side with the oppresor, that’s good, very good! ;p

    • Paglaya

      Kasama po ba sa kabayanihan ng militar ang pagmassacre sa mga taong sibilyan (isang buntis at dalawang bata) na tumututol sa minahang mapangwasak sa kalikasan at kabuhayan? (B’laan Massacre)

  • Paglaya


    • yahoo-F3LT3U3KVKSS5I6BEY6JPLF4EU

      Remember Digos Massacre that was happened in June 25, 1989, in a small village in Digos, Davao Del Sur, 39 people, many of them children, were mercilessly gunned-down by CPP-NPA rebels while they were attending a Sunday mass. Two of the victims, UCCP Pastor Ruben Ayap and his brother were beheaded. The motive: the village leaders refused to cooperate with the rebels. The CPP-NPA general command later admitted responsibility for the brutal killings and promised indemnification of the families of victims, which never happened. The purging which was ordered by Satur Ocampo like Operation Ahos and alike. Hay naku..advocacy yan ni palparan eh ang pag-neutralize sa pwersa ng NPA..

      • Paglaya

        Well Im not here to defend the so-called attrocities ng CPP-NPA, malinaw ang paksa si Palparan. Kasama po ba sa advocy ni Palparan na pati estudyanteng walang aarmas ay ipadukot at ipagahasa? duh! ang alam ko serve and protect ang trabahaho nila not harm the people.

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