Interfaith group hits Palparan transfer to AFP custody

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MANILA, Sept. 15, 2014— An interfaith organization criticized a Bulacan court’s decision to allow retired army general Jovito Palparan to be transferred from the Bulacan provincial jail to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio.

The Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) said that such decision of the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 on Monday “display the dominance of military rule over a civilian supremacy”.

“It also shows the explicit enjoyment of Gen. Palparan on the special treatment given by the Aquino administration,” said PCPR Secretary General Nardy Sabino.

The PCPR lamented that instead of protecting human rights victims and their families, special treatment is provided for Palparan who is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006.

“We demand that security be given to the human rights victims and their family and not to the violators. Let justice roll like a flowing river and righteousness like a never ending stream,” Sabino said.

Palparan had earlier asked the court to transfer him to a safer detention center, claiming imminent threat to his life in the Bulacan provincial jail where he is currently detained. (CBCPNews)

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