Witness: Missing UP coed pregnant

New testimony in case vs Palparan bares more details about abduction

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CITY OF MALOLOS—Sherlyn Cadapan, one of the two missing University of the Philippines students abducted allegedly by government soldiers in 2006, was three-months pregnant when she went missing, her mother-in-law told the court here on Monday.

The parents of Sherlyn and Karen Empeño have accused retired Major General Jovito Palparan and three other military officials of abducting their daughters on June 26, 2006, in Hagonoy, Bulacan.

Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and Staff Sargent Edgardo Osorio are undergoing trial in the Bulacan Regional Trial Court for kidnapping. Palparan and a fourth suspect, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, are in hiding.

Adoracion Paulino, a prosecution witness, testified that Sherlyn was married to her son, Valentino, and was pregnant when she disappeared.

On Tuesday, Erlinda Cadapan, the missing student’s mother, confirmed Paulino’s testimony.

In a telephone interview, Erlinda said Sherlyn, who was 28 when she went missing, had informed her younger sister that she had undergone a prenatal checkup the night before she and Empeño disappeared.

“Mommy will soon have another grandchild,” Erlinda quoted Sherlyn’s conversation with her sister.

Erlinda said she fears that Sherlyn may have lost her child, after the first prosecution witness, Raymond Manalo, testified last year that he saw soldiers torture the two UP students.

In an affidavit, Paulino, a resident of Calumpit town, said her son married Sherlyn in 2005. Valentino is a farmer and met Sherlyn in 2005 in the course of the UP student’s interaction with a farming community in Calumpit.

Paulino said Sherlyn and Empeño attended a village feast in her town on June 15, and stayed until June 18.

On June 26, she learned that the two students disappeared.

Paulino testified that she again saw Sherlyn on April 11, 2007, almost a year after Sherlyn went missing.

Sherlyn had gone to Paulino’s home to get clothes and was accompanied by two women, she told the court.

“Sherlyn was wearing a dirty shirt, a pair of pants and slippers. She was frail, tanned and was dirty, and her skin was dry … I knew she was three-months pregnant … I don’t know if she gave birth or if she suffered a miscarriage because she was so thin. This is the last thing she said: ‘Mother, my path has changed, I have a different destination now,’” Paulino said in her affidavit written in Filipino.

“[Paulino’s] testimony connects dots [and are like putting together] jigsaw puzzles,” said Edre Olalia, who represents the families of the missing students.

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  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    palparan na naman. he is a hero. dapat nga inubos na nya ang npa dahil salot sa lipunan lang ang mga yun. di naman nagbabayad ng cedula. d nagbabayad ng income tax. nangdidisgrasya lang. 

    sa dami nilang nakolekta na revolutionary tax, may naipatayo bang paaralan o pagamutan ang mga yan? may kalsada bang naipagawa ang mga yan? ngayon kasama pa sa cdf. 

    hay naku. bat dmo inubos yang mga yan palparan.

    • tristan marius

      wag mo nman silang ubusin, nakaka benepisyo ang mga pulitiko jan. bloc-vote din sila. lahat ng mga local officials kilala nila ang mga NPA. 

      • cart_07

        Puro kayo ispekulasyon.

    • cart_07

      Bobong komento. Ipagtanggol mo yang berdugo, sige

      • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

        wag ka na magpatawa. aktibista ng dekada 70 eh pera din ang habol. dbale kung 100% kayo na may pinaglaban sa ikaaangat ng bayan.

        parastiko.

      • cart_07

        Waw. Ang husay mang-akusa. Magbasa-basa ka din ng kasaysayan nang hindi puro propaganda ng estado ang nababasa mo.

  • Simon Ybarramendia

    The parents of Sherlyn and Karen Empeño have accused retired Major General Jovito Palparan and three other military officials of abducting their daughters on June 26, 2006, in Hagonoy, Bulacan. Then, the mother-in-law (Paulino) of one of the missing women (Sherlyn Cadapan) testified that she again saw Sherlyn on April 11, 2007, almost a year after Sherlyn went missing.

    So, was Sherlyn really abducted on June 26, 2006?

    • Bansot

      Unlikely, perhaps she considered herself a disgrace to the family having been pregnat outside wedlock, so she stowed away. They probably accused the military in order to get compensation from the government, or have been advised by someone in order to discredti the military and the administration that time.

      • cart_07

        Very, very absurd accusation. 

      • cart_07

        As if our government and the military need more discrediting.

      • Bansot

        I didn’t accuse them of anything. I said “PERHAPS”, and “PROBABLY”. I made my comment based on the news. If someone went missing and later her own family said that she surfaced, then what conclusion can you deduce?

      • cart_07

        I rephrase. Very, very absurd speculation

  • lolong.buwaya

    28 yrs old??? still a student???? o baka kumukuha ng doctorate nya but if not.. hmmm something is wrong unless medyo mahirap talaga ang buhay o working student … 

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

      normal yan sa UP… meron iba tumitigil para tumulong sa kapwa .. meron naman tumitigil pasa sumali sa samahan.. meron naman dahil sa kahirapan ng buhay.. 

  • OZBOYS

    Nasa bundok na yan. Ipahanap nyo kay Satur Ocampo at Teddy Casino alam nila yan

    • cart_07

      Waw! Hanep kang magred-tag ha? 

      • haybuhay69

        bakit? hindi ba? si Satur ang founder ng NDF di ba?

      • cart_07

        May ebidensya ka bang namundok sila?

  • cart_07

     Very stupid comments here. May testimony yung isang magsasakang nakatakas na dinukot kasama nila stating that these UP students were actually tortured. 

    At nakakahiya naman sa pagcocondone ninyo sa atrocities ng mga sundalo sa mga aktibista at pinaghihinalaang NPA.
    Magpunta kayo sa kanayunan nang malaman ninyo kung gaano kamahal ng masa at mga magsasaka ang mga NPA nang matauhan kayo. 

    • bicolokano

      medyo busy pa ngayon eh.  pero ikaw ba nagpunta ka na? napapalibutan ang siyudad namin ng mga lungga ng mga NPA.  masasabi ko lang, hindi “PAGMAMAHAL” ang ndarama ng mga tao sa kanila. ^_^ 

      • cart_07

        Lumubog din tayo sa masa ha? Ang hirap kasi sa atin, ayaw nating pag-aralan kung ano ung dahilan ng pakikibaka ng mga rebelde eh.

      • haybuhay69

        ano nga ba ang dahilan?

      • cart_07

        layunin lang naman nila na baguhin ang sistemang panlipunan, nasa balangkas ng pambansang demokrasya na may sosyalistang perspektiba para masibak na ang hindi pantay-pantay na estado ng uri sa Pilipinas.

        ipinaglalaban tayo ng mga rebelde. at kung nagdududa tayo kung bakit marahas na pakikibaka ang kailangan, magbasa ka ng mga gawa ni Fanon, De Sartre, at ni Marx.

      • chimbonica

        ipinaglalaban tayo ng mga rebelde. at kung nagdududa tayo kung bakit
        marahas na pakikibaka ang kailangan, magbasa ka ng mga gawa ni Fanon, De
        Sartre, at ni Marx.>>. hanggang kailan? tayo ipag lalaban ng mg Marxist na yan.. 10000 years? hindi pantay- pantay- na estado-

        bakit hindi ka rim magbasa; ng social studiesm books? staus of the Philippine society>. siempre may poor- farmers, fisherman- laborer, ocarpenter– average, middle clas-, rich; millionaires billionaire ?— hindi ka ba nag aral man lang ng high school? at hindi mo alam ang class ng tao sa buong mundo-

      • bicolokano

        hindi naman mahirap intindihin o pagaralan ang pakikibaka nila.

        yung “practice” at “operations” nila ang problema.

      • cart_07

        Puwede rin kasing ung mga practice at operation reports na nakakarating sa atin ay propaganda ng militar para siraan sila eh.

  • $5699914

    After one year, she was seen again…so sa tingin ko hindi ito totoong nakidnap. Nag-underground ito, sumapi sa NPA. Tapos yung pagkawala, isinisisi sa military.

    • cart_07

      Waw. May pruweba ka?

      • $5699914

         Reading comprehension highly advised.
        What are you, six?

      • cart_07

        I comprehended your comment and unfortunately, it simply reeks of fallacy. We have this thing called contextual reading. “She was seen again” doesn’t automatically imply that she joined the NPA. If you’d read certain reports on this incident, you’d learn that she was strictly guarded by military elements when she was taken home and was not even allowed to speak at length with anyone then. Now, reading comprehension and critical thinking highly advised.

      • $5699914

        No, you are not six; i guess you are just downright moronic. Plain stupid.

        Have you been with the NPA, boy? Or are you one of those blind-NPA?
        Supporter, maybe?

      • cart_07

        No, you are moronic. Resorting to red-tagging no?

      • $5699914

        Moronic and stupid, that’s what you are.
        Why do commies likes to play the roles of commies but are insulted when called commies? Kasi, naghuhunyango!

  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:

     ‘Mother, my path has changed, I have a different destination now,’” Paulino said in her affidavit written in Filipino.

    Based upon such a statement, it could be that Mrs Sherlyn Cadapan Paulino, indeed JOINED the UNDERGROUND !

    Palparan should appear, face the music, if he is indeed law-abiding, and DEFEND himself !  Why hide, if he is really a TOUGH guy ?  Admission of GUILT ?  Or Palparan is a COWARD ?

    The NPAs are NOT much respected nowadays, having guns, turned to BANDITRY !  Don’t they BURN even tucks/equipment used by rebel RETURNEES, for their LIVELIHOOD Projects ?  Even small-time bus operators are TAXED by NPAs !  Also, when NPAs ASK money from politicians, the politicians in turn will TRY to GET the cash back, thru Graft & Corruption !  In the end, the NPAs end up as BANDITS out to make MONEY from Terrorism !

    NO SUPPORT for THIEVES, COWARDS & BANDITS !

    Forward P-Noy, Forward Philippines !!!

    • cart_07

      Oo, at sabay-sabay tayong lulubog sa bulok na sistema ni Noynoy Abnoy. 

      Makatuwiran ang maghimagsik!

      • chimbonica

        BULOK/ ANONG BULOK; HINDI BA 1950- 1960 PA YANG- MGA REBELDE NA YAN- MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO ANG DAMI NG PRESIDENTE SA PILIPINAS; IBIG SABIHIN BULOK PA RIN? ANG SYSTEMA;–NG GOBYERNO;; lahat ngpresidente; na umupo sa palasyo. .. in truth they are bandits and terrorist in local terms;

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_POBZSV5PGTGUS3YA2KR2NZI3HA Alex

      I have the same thought on those words of Sherlyn.. There is that big possibility that she had indeed joined the leftist movement could have been (a) brought in by the military for interrogation due to her alleged link with the left then later joined the movement full time upon release (which is unlikely) or (b) she had joined the leftists and got caught by the military and disappeared, depending on where manalo’s testimony fits on the timeline. And at either circumstance assuming that manalo is not lying.

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