“Jail the Butcher!” “Arrest Palparan!” posters were put up along the streets of Manila, to mark the first day of hearing on 21 January 2012 against the Retired Army General who has since eluded arrest 32 days since the Malolos Regional Trial Court have issued warrants against him.

Ret. Army General Jovito Palparan, along with two other colleagues, have been charged for kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno, UP students who have been missing more than five years ago.

Erlinda Cadapan, the mother of Sherlyn Cadapan,being interviewed after the hearing. “What I want is the truth. If they know where Sherlyn is, why did they not surface her earlier? I have been searching for more than five years,” reacted Mrs. Cadapan after Palparan’s lawyer claimed that the two missing students are still alive.