MANILA -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is pushing for the transfer of retired Major General Jovito Palparan to a facility managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
In a statement, Trillanes said he has been informed of the existing threats to the life of Palparan.
"To make sure that he is secure, it would be best that he is transferred to a detention facility of the AFP. This is also proper since the alleged crimes he committed were related to his functions as a commander in the Philippine Army,” the senator said.
Trillanes checked on the condition of Palparan on Saturday at his detention at the National Bureau of Investigation offices.
Palparan, who earned the moniker “berdugo” or “butcher” due to his anti-insurgency programs, was arrested for his alleged involvement in the disappearance of students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.
Palparan has been in hiding for almost three years, which he said was for “self-preservation,” noting threats from the New People’s Army.
Trillanes, who was a former Navy officer, fears that if the AFP will not guarantee the protection of Palparan, this may cause demoralization among the soldiers.
Even if they were performing their duties as members of the military, the soldiers become vulnerable to lawsuits even after their separation from service.
“This effort does not mean to absolve Gen. Palparan of the charges he is facing and I am also sure that the AFP will not intervene in the legal processes. We are only aiming to ensure the he is protected from any acts of retribution while he is in detention,” Trillanes said.