Karapatan calls for release of arrested anti-pork activist, indigenous people’s leader in Surigao CitySubmitted on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 11:12
Not contended with the exaggerated security measures, the call for transfer to military custody or additional deployment of military in the jail to secure him, a group in the military under the “Free Jovito Palparan Movement” now says they are ready to ‘take the bullet for Palparan’.
"This is a historic day for all victims of human rights violations," Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay said yesterday as the group saw through that Ret. Maj. Jovito Palparan Jr. is brought to Bulacan Provincial Jail from the court hearing at the Malolos Regional Trial Court.
Even before the trial has started, the BS Aquino government and the AFP have expressed exaggerated concern for The Butcher Palparan—his safety and security, the so-called trial by publicity and on the day before Palparan faces the Court, the Malacañang statement that Palparan is “innocent until proven guilty.”
“The bias is obvious. We hope that these statements do not set the tone for the outcome of the case against Palparan, the possibility of a detention in a military camp, and whatever special privileges and concessions to delay delivery of justice to the victims and save The Butcher. Also, the government should have applied this ‘innocent until proven guilty’ dictum to those who were killed extrajudicially and to those who were jailed without warrants and on false charges,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.