Tagged by human rights activists as ‘berdugo” or butcher, retired Major General Jovito Palparan was arrested in Manila on Tuesday, August 12. He was seized by a composite team of the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized Crime Division and the Armed Forces’ Naval Intelligence Group at about 3 am Tuesday in Sta Mesa, Manila. He had been in hiding for almost 3 years prior to his arrest. An arrest warrant was issued against him in December 2011 in connection with the disappearance of students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno. Palparan was known for his campaign against communism and was assailed by human rights groups for allegedly killing innocent civilians in that same campaign.
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