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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 20, 2012


7th Infantry Division calls on Gen. Palparan to surrender

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- A military division in Central Luzon urged its former commandant, retired Major General Jovito Palparan, to turn himself in and face charges in court.

In a statement, the 7th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said, "It would be better for Major General Palparan to take the opportunity of proving that he is not guilty of the accusations against him."

The division likewise denied protecting the fugitive retired officer who served as its commandant from Sept. 1, 2005 to Sept. 11, 2006.

"The AFP is a professional organization composed of disciplined and law abiding soldiers. It is not the policy of the AFP to provide safe harbor to any person wanted by law," the statement said.

The division assured that its soldiers will inform authorities "if they spot General Palparan in their duty assignments."

General Palparan, along with three other officers, was allegedly involved in the disappearance of students Karen Empeño at Sherlyn Cadapan of the University of the Philippines.

Also included in the case were Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario, Staff Sgt. Edgardo Osorio and Army Col. Felipe Anotado.

Osorio and Anotado are now under government custody which was facilitated by AFP while Hilario is still nowhere to be found like General Palparan. (WLB/LDRP PIA-3)

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