A joined force of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) led to the arrest of fugitive retired Major Gen. Jovito Palparan. The arrest took place at Teresa and Old Sta. Mesa streets in Manila at arround 3: 30 a.m.
Palparan is responsible for the disappearance of Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan last 2006, both University of the Philippines students. The former AFP officer was part of military’s intelligence group.
“All of our intelligence units (Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines) were told to help in tracking down and arresting high profile fugitives so that they will brought to the bars of justice,” said AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala.
Zagala added there is no truth in rumors spread by militant groups that the AFP is hiding Palparan. “The mere fact that we created a task force of all intelligence units led by Major Gen. Eduardo Ano, and that it only shows the professionalism of the AFP that there is no truth to that, we are professional unit, we are professional organization as attested by our intelligence units who did not cover for him despite the fact that he was a former intelligence operative.”
President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered the AFP, through Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin last December 2013, to take part in hunting down high profile fugitives like Palparan.