MANILA - Detained retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr. is joining the 2016 senatorial race.
Palparan's certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator was filed by his son, JC, at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Intramuros, Manila.
In a speech read by his son, Palparan claimed that he has a vision
for the progress of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The former Army official also claimed that he can strengthen the country's position against China in the disputed West Philippine Sea.
Palparan, dubbed as ''berdugo'' or butcher by militant groups, is an accused in the forced disappearances of several activists. He has denied having a hand in these incidents.
Palparan also said he will also oppose the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which he says is a "ticking bomb."
The Office of the Ombudsman last July indicted Palparan and eight others for the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of brothers Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo in 2006.
The Manalos have testified against Palparan, who allegedly masterminded the abduction of missing University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan in Hagonoy, Bulacan in 2006.
Palparan, who went into hiding in 2011, was arrested in August 2014. -- With a report from Johnson Manabat