Palparan conviction a warning to human rights violators – Sison
LUCENA CITY – Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said Tuesday that the conviction of retired-Major Gen. Jovito Palparan could serve as a warning to human rights violators.
“May the negative example of the butcher general Palparan serve as a deterrent to human rights violations by military and police officers,” Sison said in an online interview from his base in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Sison added: “Those who enjoy impunity for a certain period can be overtaken by those who fight for justice.”
He welcomed the conviction of Palparan, a known rabid nemesis of the CPP’s armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
“I congratulate the families of the victims, their lawyers from the National Union of Peoples´ Lawyers and all the organizations and activists that have actively waged the campaign for justice,” the CPP leader said.
On Monday, Judge Alexander Tamayo of the Malolos Regional Trial Court handed out the guilty verdict to Palparan, co-accused Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, Jr. and Staff Sgt. Edgardo Osorio for kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in 2006.
They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua, or 20 years and one day to 40 years imprisonment, and were ordered to pay P100,000 for civil indemnity and P200,000 for moral damages for each count.
Palparan had long been targeted by the NPA for assassination to pay for the death of Red fighters and mass activists during his reign as military commander in Southern Tagalog and other parts of the country.
But government authorities nabbed the elusive Army official in 2014 after three years of hiding, foiling the plan of the communist hit squad to kill him. /cbb
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