UP students' parents nix transfer of kidnap suspects

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 28 2011 08:45 PM | Updated as of Dec 30 2011 01:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The mothers of missing University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan will oppose in court the transfer of 2 military officers from the Bulacan provincial jail to Fort Bonifacio.

The court had allowed the transfer of Lt. Col. Delipe Anotado and Staff Sgt. Edgardo Osorio due to security threats.

They are accused of kidnapping the 2 students in 2006.

The complainants' lawyer, Ed Olalia, said they were not informed of the transfer.

"The funny thing is we just learned about this transfer through the media reports and the media reports say that the motion was heard last Friday
which was December 23 and the transfer was immediately effected on the very same day obviously in preparation for Christmas on Sunday," he said.

"We were totally uninformed and clueless about this development," he added.

"Like a sleight of hand they were surreptitiously transferred to what we call their very home, because that is the very unit where they came from which is the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio," Olalia said.

Rights group End Impunity Alliance also criticized the transfer, calling it "special treatment."

Two other suspects, Master Sgt. Rizal Hilario, and the alleged mastermind, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, remain at large.

A P500,000 bounty is being offered for Palparan's arrest.

Malacañang is urging Palparan to surrender and face the charges against him while assuring his safety. - ANC