Thursday, January 05, 2012

Top DND, AFP officials to Palparan: Surrender now, clear your name

Top defense and military officials on Tuesday urged accused kidnapper, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, to surrender to authorities and face the charges filed against him.
“To prevent the problem from getting serious, it is better if General Palparan would come out and face the charges hurled against him,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa said yielding to authorities would be “the best course of action” for Palparan, who bowed out of service in September 2006.

“It will be best for General Palparan to come out so he can at least face his case, at least prove that he is innocent and he is not guilty. That is the best course of action,” said Dellosa.
Palparan remains in hiding after a Bulacan court ordered his arrest for the abduction and disappearance of two student activists in 2006. He has also been linked to alleged killings and forced disappearances of activists while he was still in the military. A P500,000 has already been put up for any information leading to his arrest.
Gazmin, who described Palparan as a “hard-working general, industrious and kind,” said the Department of National Defense (DND) will not extend any legal assistance to the fugitive former military official, as he is already retired.
“We will let the wheel of justice move. If he surrenders to us, then fine. We will turn him over to the proper authority,” said Gazmin, a former Army chief. - KBK, GMA News
January 3, 2012 8:28pm
GMA News Online

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