Philippines: GMA’s various courts, commissions and instrumentalities to supposedly address extrajudicial killings are oriented to absolve Palparan

Apr. 11, 2007

Anakpawis Party-List

From the Office of Rep. Crispin Beltran

He can be contacted via his cellphone number 09278711080,

or through his phone line in the Philippine Heart Center, 925-2401 loc 2432

Ina Alleco R. Silverio, chief of staff 931.6615, 09195065269

News Release Tuesday , April 10, 2007

GMA’s various courts, commissions and instrumentalities to supposedly address extrajudicial killings are oriented to absolve Palparan

“Palparan’s every triumph is a tragedy for the Filipino people’s fight for justice and human rights. Sec. Gonzalez’ decision to absolve Palparan affirms the belief of many that the Macapagal-Arroyo administration is incapable of meting justice for the victims of the political and extra-judicial killings.”

This was the reaction of Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran regarding Gonzalez’ decision to clear retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. over the murder of Edilberto Napoles Jr. and the frustrated murder of Ruel Landicho on May 28, 2002.

“The Macapagal-Arroyo government and its agencies continue to absolve Palparan and the pattern has been set. It’s become evident that the instrumentalities and quasi-judicial bodies that Pres. Arroyo keeps putting up in supposed response to the demands of the international human rights community are actually oriented towards clearing Palparan. The various courts and commissions Pres. Arroyo has established are nothing but venues wherein Palparan can wash himself of the blood of the human rights advocates and political activists he ordered executed,” he said.

Palparan was charged at the Regional Trial Court of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, but State Prosecutors Glenda Cabello-Marin, Melvin Abad and Sebastian Caponong finding no probable cause to indict Palparan and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario.

Records show that Napoles and Landicho on May 2, 2002 received a text message from a Bayan Muna staff named Ramir de la Cruz telling them that soldiers had barged into the Bayan Muna office in Barangay Lumangbayan, Calapan. When Napoles and Landicho arrived, they entered into a debate with five soldiers headed by Hilario, spokesman of the Army’s 204th Infantry Brigade which Palparan commanded. Twenty-six days later two men, identified later as Aniano Flores and Larry Aparato, allegedly broke into the Bayan Muna office and shot Napoles and Landicho.

“Palparan has the full support and backing of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration. It’s clear that so long as Pres. Arroyo remains in power, Palparan will also be protected and immune to criminal prosecution. As for Sec. Gonzalez, the extreme animosity he bears for the progressive party-lists and their lawmakers has rendered him incapable of meting out justice, and it’s most likely that he will always discriminate against the victims and families of Palparan because they’re all affiliated with the progressive party-lists and their allied people’s organizations. Gonzalez has become a notorious Palparan groupie, joining Pres. Arroyo and National Security adviser Norberto Gonzales,” he concluded. #

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