By Jeffrey Damicog
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Malolos City, Bulacan has served the commitment order for convicted retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan Jr., to be transferred to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra revealed on Tuesday (Sept. 25) the commitment order issued by Malolos RTC Branch 15 was served over the weekend to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“Gen. Palparan has already been committed from the AFP detention center to the NBP,” Guevarra told reporters.
Palparan has been detained in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City in 2014.
On Sept. 17, Judge Alexander Tamayo of Malolos City RTC Branch 15 issued a decision finding Palparan guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention as penalized by under the Revised Penal Code.
The case stemmed from the 2006 disappearance of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
Also found guilty with Palparan are Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado Jr. and S/Sgt. Edgardo Osorio.
The court sentenced the three men to reclusion perpetua and were each ordered to pay P100,000 as civil indemnity and P200,000 to each of the families of Empeno and Cadapan.
One of their co-accused, M/Sgt. Rizal Hilario, remains at-large and, because of this, the court issued an alias warrant for his arrest and the case archived.