MANILA – A court has ordered the transfer of retired major general Jovito Palparan Jr. to the Bulacan Provincial Jail.
Palparan was detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters in Manila after being arrested in Sta. Mesa area on Tuesday.
He is wanted for his alleged involvement in the 2006 disappearance of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.
NBI agents went to the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 to return the arrest warrant for Palparan.
However, Branch 14 judge Teodora Gonzalez issued another order telling the NBI agents to produce Palparan before the court and then detain him in the provincial jail.
The NBI agents told the court that they did not bring Palparan to Bulacan because the latter is considered a high-risk detainee.
The Bulacan jail's warden, meanwhile, said jail can accommodate Palparan and jail officials can ensure his security.
The jail warden said Palparan will be sharing a cell with an 84-year-old detainee.
In an interview on the day of his arrest, Palparan admitted that he fears for his life. He said he does not mind being detained in an ordinary jail, as long as his security will be guaranteed.
He said he does not want to die in the hands of New People's Army (NPA) rebels or other members of the communist movement.
Palparan, dubbed as the ''butcher'' and ''berdugo'' by left-leaning groups, is being blamed for the forced disappearance of several activists during his stint in the Philippine Army. – report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News