MANILA (Mabuhay) – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. wants to be detained in a facility secured by his former comrades-in-arms.
Palparan, who’s detained at the Bulacan Provincial Jail on serious illegal detention raps, on Monday sought a transfer to the Philippine Army Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio.
His lawyer made the manifestation during a pre-trial hearing at the Malolos Regional Trial Court Monday morning.
Palparan is charged with serious illegal detention in connection with the disappearance in 2006 of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.
The former military official’s camp initially sought a transfer from the Bulacan Provincial Jail to the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame.
But on Monday, Palparan sought a transfer to the Army’s detention facility in Fort Bonifacio.
During the pre-trial that lasted about 30 minutes, Judge Teodora Gonzales gave all parties concerned until next Monday to give their comments.
These include the Bulacan Provincial Jail, Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the prosecution and defense panels.
On Monday, separate groups went to the Bulacan regional trial court to either cheer for or jeer Palparan.
Security forces had to use a decoy for Palparan so he would not be hit by protesters throwing bags with rotten tomatoes.
Supporters of Palparan also showed up at the trial court.
Last Aug. 18, Palparan was arraigned before the Malolos, Bulacan regional trial court on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
The court entered a “not guilty” plea for him after he did not enter one.
Following his arraignment, he was escorted to the Bulacan Provincial Jail.
The charges against Palparan stemmed from the disappearance of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in Bulacan in 2006.
Palparan had denied the allegations
Palparan was commander of the Army 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija when the abduction of the two students took place.
He retired from the military in 2006. He later won a seat in House of Representatives as the nominee of the anti-communist party-list group Bantay.
Palparan ran for the Senate in 2010 but did not win. (MNS)