Ringing phone keeps hope alive for missing coed’s ma


CITY OF MALOLOS—University of the Philippines coeds Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño have been missing for seven years now, but Cadapan’s mother says her daughter’s mobile phone still rings when she dials it, giving her hope the two may still be alive.

Erlinda Cadapan said she occasionally dials Sherlyn’s number and is relieved when she hears it ring because this indicates the telephone is still active and is being charged. No one answers her calls, however.

“That’s proof of life pero iyon nga lang (but the thing is), illegally detained pa rin sila (they are still illegally detained),” the mother said.

Clinging to hope

The parents of the missing students said they spent the Christmas holiday clinging to hope that their children were alive since Cadapan’s phone continued to ring.

Empeño and Cadapan were seized in Hagonoy, Bulacan, on June 26, 2006, allegedly by soldiers under the command of Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan. Palparan, since retired, is now in hiding from charges stemming from that case.

“We dial her cell phone which she used before she disappeared. It rings most of the time, especially when we dial in the early morning but nobody picks up our call,” Cadapan’s mother said.

“Right now I am in tears, as I imagine the hardship Sherlyn is enduring. It is the seventh year that we place her photograph at the dinner table so she can join us in spirit. I feel so hopeful that 2013 is the year we will see my daughter,” she said.

Thinking positive

The sentiment was shared by Empeño’s mother, Concepcion, who said: “I’m hoping they are still alive. I have to think positive for as long as I’m alive.”

Empeño said her daughter would have turned 29. Karen was 22 when she was abducted. Sherlyn would be 35 years old this year, according to her mother.

Palparan and another soldier, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, have been in hiding for a year after a Bulacan judge ordered their arrest along with two other military officers in connection with the abduction of Cadapan and Empeño.

Only coaccused Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado and Staff Sgt. Edgardo Osorio have surrendered and have been standing trial for kidnapping.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Baka nasa kamay ni palparan ang telepono at nagpa pantasiya habang tyina tyani ang kanyang dayunyor!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZLG6N3K2NDNGD3JN46EXOIOSEE pogi



    • Don Dee

      NO need for sophisticated equipment. Just ask the cooperation of the service provider. Smart or Globe can track you down (whether you like it or not). Proximity to cell site can be a method, accurate to within a few hundred feet radius. Or if it has GPS, even better, as it is accurate to within a few feet.

      • bicolokano

        “just ask” wont do it.  They’ll need a court order for this.  Though given they have lawyers and high profile of the case – this wouldnt be hard to get.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVFD4BILVPVGXWC3EPKWNBXAYE wyl5326

    I hope someone in family can technically explain to hopeful mom that the ringing sound of any dialed phone number comes not from the cell phone itself but from the phone network ringback circuitry ! Knowledgeable Phone technicians knows about how phone system works and what we hear on the calling side is just a ringback and not necessarily coming from the called/dialed phone itself. It is cruel to misled hopeful mom to continue hoping when they just happen to misconstrue the ringback sound as something to be hope for. It is very easy to test my explanation by calling another phone nearby landline that is disconnected by unplugging it and one can still hear the ringback sound but the landline will never ring until it is plugged back in !

    • Rovingmoron

      You could be right. If somebody has taken it, that person may answer the call. Otherwise, the battery charge may have been  used up already.

    • vinzerx

      A landline works differently from a cellphone. There’s a reason why you have the “subscriber cannot be reached” message in cellphones but not in landlines. You get that when a phone is inaccessible by the network, which includes times when the phone is turned off. Unlike landlines where the phone receiver itself is just a conduit to translate and encode signals sent through the line but aren’t necessary to let the telephone network know that it’s active, cellphones actively let their network know that they’re online. A dead cellphone isn’t able to do that, so people calling dead cellphones get that cannot-be-reached message.

      A proper test would be having a cellphone call a turned-off cellphone. That would be better than your unplugged landline test because you’re comparing apples to oranges with that one.

  • D_BystandeR

    These are only two of the painful and poignant memories of the victims of Jovito Palparan who is now a fugitive from Justice with P2M reward on his head. But what about the other victims who suffered the same torture or even more excruciating pain before they died but only their identities were not vividly shown as the two lady victims were. Palparan’s moniker known as “berdugo ng central Luzon” only exposes what kind of a man with a “rotten soul” he is. May those “comrades-in-arms” who are believed to be “coddling” him find “enlightenment” brought by this New Year and finally decide to turn him over to the authorities to finally “bravely” face his accusers in court rather than continue hiding in his hole like a rat.

  • catmanjohn

    This vile scum Palparan, who abused his title in the army for his own personal perversions, mocks the Philippine Judicial and Criminal system from his dark hidings somewhere, systemic of Arroyo’s devious corruptions and the protection of such criminals. Ecleo is another one of these deviant Arroyo lackeys that must be hunted down and brought to the light of Justice. The longer the nation waits, the bigger this disease will be allowed to fester into the People’s resolve. If President Aquino wants credibility in his anti corruption campaign, it is crucial he get this job done ASAP.

    • vinzerx

      Funny how you just blame Arroyo when these sort of shenanigans have been happening for decades already. It’s not just during the Arroyo administration that the police and army have seen their credibility plummet.

  • JK1000

    I hope they catch these killers especially Palparan. I won’t be surprise if Palparan is now in Cagayan hiding , many coup leaders took refuge in Cagayan during the years of Cory Aquino. Cagayan is a known Enrile and Honasan hiding place.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVR2HMWEPWZA4TV2Z2Q7BYF36A January

       lulutang din yang mga wanted, pag kunin yong lahat na pamilya nila,,saan naba ang mga NPA walang silbi din,,gawin na ninyo para lalabas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JJQWTLMZH3NNIE2IJ46AOZAXAE Hannah Blake

    If this is true, then that phone’s location can easily be traced!

    • Don Dee

      Yes. To within a few feet if it has GPS! Just get the police to ask the cooperation of the service provider. Oh yes people, whether you like it or not, Smart or Globe can track you down if you use their service.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    oo nga it can be traced….the mother should immediately hire the service of a tech savvy…..

  • bugoybanggers

    Yung mga anak po ninyo Nanay ay nasa North Korea na. Kung gusto ninyong makita ang mga anak ninyo patulong kayo sa Peoples Republic of China Embassy para makontak si Supreme Leader ng NK.. yun may pag asa pa kayong masama sa pag migrate sa North Korea. Maganda doon Nanay, malaya kayong tuligsain ang US at Pilipinas. Go na!

    • sakinlang

      Sir, baka pwedeng lubus-lubusin na ninyo ang malasakit kay Nanay. Baka pwede pong pakisamahan niyo na rin siya sa North Korea!

  • ethicsingov

    The phone account is still active seven years after Karen disappeared?  Can mom find out who is paying?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VBN5IUGKHSGIHDV5L6QVG2KBTI Leop233

    Sa Pilipinas lang ata hindi ginagamit ang cel signal para madetermine ang location ng isang tao. Merong capability yang telecoms ang dami nilang celsites.   Ayaw lang nila gawin yan.   

  • To_Be_Continued

    Ringing for seven years and still not traced?!?!?! Something stinks here.

    The relatives and friends of these missing students were actually saying they have not heared of 1] triangulation technology; 2] phone service having phone bills; or have not heared of Google latitude approach.

    That is just too much ignorance, unless they know something and pretend they don’t know about it.

    Nowadays, cell fones, including those without GPS, can be located.

    Something insanely fishy is going on here…unless, of course, the fone carrier of one of the “victims” is in cahoots with Palparan…

    PDI should run an investigative story about this instead of wasting space for those blind items about the dirty laundry of politicians and local movie “stars.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/H6T7YUHZQHZBJ6BFWMFCIYPOQA Jokjok B

    hmmmm .. maybe they  really went to the hinterlands and joined the cadre….  and someone (netherlands are you there?) is milking this issue to silence an army man who fought hard against the communists….

    baka lang naman… haka haka naman ang lahat ng kwento dito … kasi wala pang matibay na ebidensya… me kwentong buntis nung nakita.. me kwentong patay na….

  • akramgolteb

    Yun kapatid ko nagtratrabaho sa isang phone company. Kung nawawala cel phone namin kaya niya ipa-trace ang cel phone kung nasaan para at least may chance maalala namin kung saan  naiwan ang phone. Kahit daw 24 hrs ng patay ang phone kaya i-trace kasi meron record sa systema kung saang cel site kumuha ng signal huli ang phone. Pati building name lumalabas sa trace dahil may booster sa loob ng building pero kahit walang booster sa area, ang accuracy daw ng trace ay 250 meters radius. Pitong taon na hindi manlang sinubukan pa trace ng pamilya nila ang phone na nagriring, nakapagtataka. Totoo kaya itong sinasabi dito sa article na ito o parte ng propaganda ng mga communista na sinulat at linabas ang article na ito para makuha ang sympatiya ng tao sa mga communistang tulad nila. 

  • anu12345

    Erlinda Cadapan said she occasionally dials Sherlyn’s number and
    is relieved when she hears it ring because this indicates the telephone
    is still active and is being charged. No one answers her calls, however.”

    The bad guys let them charge the cellphone

  • josefe38


    • vinzerx

      E di sana sinagot na lang din yung tawag kung nasa bundok lang siya.

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