On Rafael Alunan's suggestion to free butcher Jovito Palparan

Duterte has pardoned and will already release US soldier Joseph Scott Pemberton, and now they want to free another criminal? Rafael Alunan must be delusional to even give this outrageous suggestion to free the ruthless butcher Jovito Palparan, who is convicted for the the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of desaparecidos Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan  — on top of his bloody track record of human rights violations in leading the killings, abductions, and tortures of hundreds of activists and civilians. Freeing Palparan and even the mere suggestion to free him is a shameless affront to the families of victims, who, even to this day, are still looking for their disappeared kin. Killers and human rights violators like Pemberton and Gen. Jovito Palparan should be kept behind bars, no ifs and no buts, and it's rather very clear and unsurprising that this murderous regime and its allies are rabidly interested in freeing murderers, criminals, plunderers, and human rights violators.

Cristina Palabay
Karapatan Secretary General