Press Statement – The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) welcomes the P500,000 bounty put up by authorities for any information leading to the arrest of Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan. If it will be an additional incentive to bring in a fugitive running scared and in denial that the time of reckoning has come and who must be held accountable for other crimes against humanity and international humanitarian law pending or about to be filed in the courts, then so be it. Any legitimate effort to further inform the public to turn him in is fine.
At the end of the day, with all its powers, machinery and resources, it is incumbent on the government to arrest forthwith and bring before the bar of justice the highest military officer to be ever indicted for human rights violations in the country. He must be reunited with his avid fan, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in an ordinary jailhouse sooner than later.
Reference: Atty. Edre U. Olalia, NUPL Secretary General (+639175113373)
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