MANILA - Even families of inmates of the Bulacan provincial jail are appealing to government to transfer accused Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan to another detention center.
The inmates' families said they are worried about the safety of their relatives inside the jail since there are reportedly a lot of threats against the former congressman.
They said if anything happens to Palparan, their relatives' lives are also jeopardized.
Palparan himself wants to be transferred to the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines compound in Camp Aguinaldo or the Philippine Army Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio.
According to his lawyer, the AFP has signified its willingness and readiness to take Palparan in.
Palparan and 3 others are charged with the 2006 kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
Meanwhile, the lawyer of the Empeno and Cadapan families said the military's readiness to accept Palparan as a prisoner is clear evidence of the AFP coddling and giving special treatment to one of its own.
Judge Teodora Gonzales of the Malolos Regional Trial Court branch 14 ordered all parties - the Bulacan provincial jail warden, the AFP and the Army Custodial Center in Fort Bonifacio to give their comments on the matter of Palparan's custody.
The pre-trial was reset as the custody motion must first be resolved.
Families of other desaparecidos rallied outside the courthouse.
Police, NBI and military prevented them from getting near Palparan who was heavily guarded as he came out of jail for the hearing and back again to his cell. The hearing lasted less than 30 minutes.
Next hearing is set September 8, Monday.