Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ex-general Palparan Faces Arrest Over Kidnappings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has ordered the arrest of a retired army general who has been accused of involvement in the kidnappings of two student activists.

Malolos Regional Trial Court officer Melba David says a warrant of arrest against retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan covers the June 2006 abductions of University of the Philippines activists Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan who until today remain missing.

David said Tuesday that Palparan will not be allowed to post bail. He is one of the highest ranking army officers facing arrest on rights violations. He has denied wrongdoing.

Left-wing activists have linked Palparan to several abductions and killings of activists when he led an army command that battled Marxist guerrillas. /MP

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