Ombudsman formally charges Palparan, 8 others of kidnapping

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Retired General Jovito Palparan and eight others were charged by the Office of the Ombudsman with kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the 2006 abduction of two brothers suspected of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA), according to a report published by Rappler.

In a resolution, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said General Palparan, known as the “Butcher” and 8 others, most of them members of a para-military group, face two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention punishable under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code.

The cases stemmed from the abduction of brothers Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo in San Ildefonso, Bulacan on February 14, 2006.

Morales said the brothers positively identified the accused whose “concerted acts show that they agreed, expressly or impliedly, to commit the felony and forthwith decided to pursue it.”

The Manalo brothers, in their affidavits, narrated how they were abducted by General Palparan’s group. They claimed the respondents detained and tortured them until they managed to escape on August 13, 2007.

Named as General Palparan’s co-accused are T/MSgt. T/Msgt Rizal Hilario, M/Sgt. Donald Caigas and seven CAFGU (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) Active Auxilliaries Michael dela Cruz, Marcelo dela Cruz, Jose dela Cruz, Maximo dela Cruz, Roman dela Cruz, Randy Mendoza and Rudy Mendoza.

The CAFGU members along with Master Sergeant Donald Caigas were also found liable for grave misconduct.

General Palparan was also accused of being behind the disappearance of two University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno in June 2006.

The Manalo brothers are key to the case against Palparan over the two UP students enforced disappearance. Raymond Manalo testified in court that he was detained by the military at the time when Cadapan and Empeno were being held by Palparan’s men. He said he witnessed the torture and rape of the two students.