'Pres. Good Faith' welcomes back 'Gen. Kill for the Good of the People' to AFP HQ

Palparan is back to the barracks of the Philippine Army—his home for more than 30 years, where he was trained and where he cloned his ilk. Malacanang welcomed Palparan’s transfer to Fort Bonifacio and BS Aquino, who was in Belgium, called it ‘punishment’.  

 

 

BS Aquino claimed his regime has been ‘investigating’ human rights violations and boasted of Palparan’s arrest, “as if his government initiated the filing of charges against The Butcher,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan’s secretary general. “How can he boast of his task force on extrajudicial killings when there has been no conviction of perpetrators of human rights violations?” she added.

 

Palabay said it is ridiculous where the President pluckshis statements such as:‘we have adopted a policy that their only deterrence to crime is the certainty of punishment’. “BS Aquino is certainly out of synch with reality.”

 

“The back-to-barracks policy for human rights violators among the Armed Forces of the Philippines is as natural as the rising and setting of the sun, especially under the BS Aquino regime,” Palabay said. It happened to the Task Force Kitacom (Kiblawan, Tampakan, Columbio, Malungon) of the 39thand 27thIBPA after the massacre of Juvy Capion and her two sons. “The military barracks are the safest haven for the human rights violators, not only to shield them from prosecution but to also to reward them of their act. And this is what the BS Aquino calls as ‘punishment’,” added Palabay.

 

“It’s the same as the promotion of military officials to higher positions despite their record of gross human rights violations and charges filed in court against them. How can BS Aquino claim that the previous regime had worse violations of human rights than his regime when he amply rewarded the Arroyo generals Año, Baladad, and Visaya with plum positions in the military hierarchy?” she said.

 

Palabay also cited the case of Jimmy Liguyon whose killer, Alde Salusad, remain scot-free despite a warrant issued against him two years ago. The local police unit admitted difficulty in serving Salusad’s warrant of arrest for fear of reprisal from the military. Salusad’s New Indigenous People’s Army Reform (NIPAR) is attached to the 8th IB of the Philippine Army.

 

“Had he not retired, ‘President Good Faith’ would have rewarded the ‘General Kill for the Good of the People’ a similarly higher position in the military. For now, Palparancould justbe a ‘nameless’ consultant in the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan while in his headquarters at Fort Bonifacio,” Palabay ended.###