Hunt for Palparan continues—NBI official

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has not given up the search for and arrest of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan as ordered by a Bulacan judge in December 2011 for the abduction of two University of the Philippines students in Bulacan in 2006.

“These are continuing,” lawyer Jojo Yap, NBI Central Luzon director, told the Inquirer on Tuesday. “We pursue all available leads.”

The former NBI regional director, lawyer Ricardo Diaz, issued an apology as the hunt for Palparan went unsuccessful under his watch.

Palparan was last seen on Dec. 19, 2011, at the Clark International Airport where Bureau of Immigration personnel stopped him from boarding a plane for a supposed vacation in Singapore.

Later that day, Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Regional Trial Court Branch 14 in Bulacan ordered Palparan’s arrest for the abduction of UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan in Hagonoy town in 2006.

Palparan had opposed the filing of abduction charges, saying these were not heard during the preliminary investigation.

Diaz gave the reasons Palparan had evaded arrest although President Aquino had increased the reward for his capture to P2 million. “Being security-conscious is his way of life ever since he was in the military service. He knows our intelligence means and methods and knows how to avoid making mistakes,” Diaz told the Inquirer in a previous interview.

Diaz also said the fugitive military official “has got a lot of friends.”

Palparan retired in 2006 as head of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija. After his retirement, he managed security firms for mining companies and represented the party-list group Bantay in Congress. There is no information if Palparan is still in the country.—Tonette Orejas and Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Ncarreonjr

    It should say, pretending to look for the figutive continues.

  • farmerpo

    And the military to go after the extortionist NPA? Where there is no motivation, there is no action. What will the military gain if they turn in Palparan? Self cleaning is very painful so just put it off until it is forgotten. Same thing with the NPA issue. They have to be there to keep the military awake once in while.

  • Pidyong

    Do you believe on this press release? Considering that in Pinas enforcement of a court order depends of who you know and whose group you belong to. Much more in the military they are cautious in offending any political groups largely because political power can change every six years . . . constitutional loyalty among law enforcer and military??? down the drain . . .

  • juanpalpalatoc

    You guys need help from the Boston police. You will not find him even if he is under your nose.

  • Anqui

    Mr. Diaz, please search beyond your Backyard for General Palparan and the others. Typical Law enforcing on high profiled fugitives is selective because they are cuddled by Philippine Politicians. The American Law enforcement captured the Boston Bombers in FIVE DAYS but in Pinas after years where are Eclo, Palparan, and the Reyes brothers? Please get off from your comfortable soft seat and Air Conditioned Office and go do your job in the field!!

  • maypakialamtayo

    itanong nyo kay sen guingona kung pabor sya sa paghuli kay palparan.

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Palparan is the refuted Berdugo (executioner) of the military scalawags and if they really want to get this nut job the reward money should be increased considering the risk that people in the know will be exposing themselves.

  • Palparan

    Nandito lang ako mga ugok!

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Abetted by the military.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    DAPAT BIGYAN SI PALPARAN NG 2 SWAT TEAM PARA HABULIN AT PATAYIN ANG MGA TERRORISTANG KASAPI NINA REYES AT CASINO.

  • Brax82

    Palparan should be promoted. It’s a shame that these kind of people are the ones forced into hiding. Tapos mga Npa aambush ambush lang. This country is so messed up.

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