MANILA – Families of the missing students from the University of the Philippines (UP) urged the Court of Appeals (CA) to move kidnapping suspect, former Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan to a civilian jail.
Among the families’ preferred jail for the retired general is his former cell at the Bulacan provincial jail.
Erlinda Cadapan and Concepcion Empeño mothers of the two missing students, Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, asked the CA to correct the “grave abuse of discretion” allegedly committed by Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Bulacan regional trial court on its Sept. 15 decision.
The regional court has allowed the transfer of the retired general from the Bulacan jail to a military facility at the Philippine Army Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio.
In their 30-page special civil action for certiorari, the families requested the appellate court to declare the annulment of Gonzales’ ruling last Sept. 15 as well as her decision to dismiss their motion to move Palparan to a civilian jail issued last Oct. 20.
Palparan, who disappeared after charges involving the case of the missing students were field against him, is currently facing charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
The two student activists were reported to have disappeared in 2006.
After several years of hiding, Palparan was arrested by the government agents on Oct 18 in Sampaloc, Manila.
Meanwhile, two officers along with M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, the fourth military officer who were also charged in the case still remain at large.