News Release, Desaparecidos, 6 August 2012
“Butcher Palparan should be arrested NOW. We have risked our lives for justice, the government should do their responsibility.”Thus said Concepcion Empeño and Erlinda Cadapan, the mothers of the abducted UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.
Connie Empeño is set to take the witness stand at the resumption of the court hearings on the kidnapping case against retired Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. and three other military officials.
“Gusto namin ng hustisya dahil hindi lang si Karen at Sherlyn ang pinahirapan nila pati rin ang mga pamilya namin, (We want justice because it was not only Karen and Sherlyn who suffered, but also our families),” she said, explaining that their lives have not been normal since the incident six years ago.
The mothers of Sherlyn and Karen were joined by Mrs. Edith Burgos, mother of another enforced disappearance victim, Jonas Burgos. Other human rights advocates and relatives of victims also held a picket during the hearing. The mothers call on the public to never tire and continue the people’s manhunt to catch ‘The Butcher’, saying that the police and the military have been very useless in arresting Palparan.
“Hindi talaga mahahanap si Palparan kung hindi naman siya hinahanap. Ni isang salita, wala kaming narinig sa SONA ni Noynoy tungkol sa karapatang pantao. Ngayon, nakalaya pa ang boss ni Palparan na si Gloria Arroyo. May maaasahan pa ba kami sa gobyernong Aquino? (Palparan can never be caught, if they are not really looking for him. We did not hear a word about human rights from Noynoy’s SONA. Now, Palparan’s master, Gloria Arroyo, is free. We cannot expect anything from the Aquino government.),” Erlinda Cadapan, mother of Sherlyn, said.
Concepcion Empeño, mother of Karen, said, “Nananawagan kami sa mamamayan na kahit saan ninyo makita si Palparan, arestuhin nyo na. Citizens’ arrest na ang kailangan natin, dahil napakainutil ng gobyerno sa paghuli sa kanya (We are appealing to the public to arrest Palparan right away if they see him. We can only rely on citizen’s arrest to get Palparan because the government is simply inutile in finding and arresting him.”
Palparan remains at large with Master Sgt. Rizal Hilario, almost eight months after a warrant of arrest was issued against him by the Malolos Regional Trial Court. ###
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