MANILA - Malacanang on Tuesday praised the National Bureau of Investigation for its arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan who has been in hiding for the past three years.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said: "We commend the NBI for its steadfast doggedness in pursuing all leads to find and capture Jovito Palparan."
"Today, this resolute determination has paid off, the long arm of the law has finally reached Palparan. President Aquino promised that those who evade the law will be found. That promise to capture General Palparan has been fulfilled today," he added.
Palparan was arrested at a residential area in Sta. Mesa, Manila before dawn on Tuesday by a team composed of members of the National Bureau of Investigation - Anti-Organized Transnational Crimes Division (NBI-AOTCD) and Armed Forces of the Philippines Naval Intelligence Group.
The NBI agents said Palparan, 63, was arrested at an informal settlement. The retired general was brought to the NBI headquarters in Manila at around 4 a.m. He will remain there while authorities are waiting for a commitment order from the court.
Palparan, who has a bounty of P2 million on his head, did not resist arrest, according to the NBI team.
Two companions of Palparan, a male and a female, were also taken into custody by the NBI.
Palparan went into hiding after a Bulacan Regional Trial Court judge issued a warrant arrest for him, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado Jr., S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio and M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario for the disappearance of UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan on June 26, 2006.
Anotado and Osorio voluntarily surrendered. Hilario remains at large.
Palparan is facing 2 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
After retiring from the military, Palparan won a seat in Congress through anti-communist party-list group Bantay. He ran in 2010 for senator but lost.