On Conviction of Gen. Palparan: TIME OF RECKONING HAS COME
We are extremely elated that justice has finally caught up with the coward Butcher. The law and evidence is not only on our side this time around but we are on the side of truth and justice.
Despite tremendous odds and difficulties, the suffering mothers of Sherlyn and Karen through their supporters and lawyers have overcome what seemed to be a wild shot at a rare chance to make Gen. Palparan and his likes accountanble.
His conviction sends the message that cocky perpetrators of hideous human rights violations will meet their match in the fortitude of the mothers, the strength of the mass movement, the courage of human rights defenders, and the value of good lawyering for the people.
We really do wish he face perdition that he brought upon himself. And that his conviction be a signal to all other human rights violators especially of the worst kinds that rightful retribution will come in time.#
Counsel for Cadapan-Empeno
Edre U. Olalia
Julian F. Oliva
Ephraim B. Cortez
Josalee S. Deinla
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– Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, in his message at the NUPL Founding Congress, September 15, 2007
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– Atty. Romeo T. Capulong, NUPL founding chairperson, in his keynote address at the Fifth Conference of Lawyers in Asia Pacific ( COLAP V), September 18, 2010