Thursday, January 5, 2012

'Surrender or be hunted down like a rat' - ex-military rebel to Palparan

'Surrender or be hunted down like a rat' - ex-military rebel to Palparan
04-Jan-12,  Eric B. Apolonio,

MANILA, Philippines - “Surrender or be hunted down like a rat; face the music or be hunted down like … vermin."

This was the message of former military rebel Danilo Lim to fugitive retired general Jovito Palparan, who is being hunted for his alleged role in the abduction and disappearance of two University of the Philippines students in 2006.

Palparan went into hiding after immigration agents foiled his attempt to leave the country last month. A warrant for his arrest has since been issued by a Bulacan trial court where he and three others are charged with the kidnapping and illegal detention of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.

Human rights groups have declared a “people’s manhunt” for Palparan, who they have dubbed “The Butcher” for the string of extrajudicial killings, disappearances and other human rights violations committed in the areas where he was assigned as a military commander.

Lim, now deputy commissioner for intelligence of the Bureau of Customs, is a former commander of the elite Army Scout Rangers and participated in several failed coup attempts against former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He was granted amnesty by President Benigno Aquino III after spending four years in detention.

"History is not kind to people who were responsible for the death of many innocent lives. I hope Palparan has read enough history books to know the common fate suffered by dictators and butchers. I hope he surrenders soon or face the people's wrath," Lim said.

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