MANILA – Members of militant groups on Monday got close to their fierce enemy, retired major general Jovito Palparan Jr., as the latter was brought to the Bulacan Provincial Jail.
Palparan, who is facing serious illegal detention and kidnapping charges for the 2006 disappearance of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, was ordered detained at the Bulacan Provincial Jail by Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 14 Judge Teodora Gonzales.
In a footage taken by ABS-CBN News, the militants are seen almost getting near Palparan, who was being escorted by authorities towards the provincial jail.
One of the militants tried to hit Palparan with a wooden flagpole.
The court earlier entered a not guilty plea for Palparan after the latter refused to enter his own plea.
Gonzales also stood pat on her earlier order that Palparan be detained at the Bulacan Provincial Jail.
Palparan wants to remain under the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), citing threats to his life.
Palparan, tagged as ''berdugo'' or butcher by militant groups, claims that communist rebels are out to kill him, even as he denied allegations that he was behind the forced disappearances of several activists during his time in the military.