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GMA “butcher” sued by kin of two missing UP activists

Karen and Sherly's mother file charges against "The Butcher" Gen. Jovito Palparan.

A COMPLAINT supported by the human rights alliance KARAPATAN will be filed before the Department of Justice on the abduction, torture and rape of Sherlyn T. Cadapan and Karen E. Empeño, two University of the Philippines activists who have been missing since 2006.

Erlinda T. Cadapan and Concepcion E. Empeño, mothers of Sherlyn and Karen respectively, are filing the criminal complaint. Named respondents are MGen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. (Ret.), the so-called “butcher” of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, together with Lt. Col. Rogelio Boac, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, 2Lt. Francis Mirabelle Samson, Arnel Enriquez, Donald Caigas and several “John and Jane Does.” 

This is the first countersuit against Palparan after GMA’s term.  Palparan has been tagged as a promoter of extra-judicial killings which claimed more than a thousand lives under Arroyo. This was later criticized strongly by local and international human rights groups and denied repeatedly by state forces.

On the CHR resolution on the alleged torture of Melissa Roxas: IMPUNITY IN PERPETUITY - Karapatan

“If we have seen the horrible gross, systematic rights violations during the Arroyo regime, we should brace ourselves for the continuation of these violations and the rule of IMPUNITY under the Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan,” so warned Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of the human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, commenting on the recent CHR resolution on the case of the alleged torture of Melissa Roxas, a Filipino-American, abducted and tortured for almost a week in May 2009.

Karapatan protests at AFP headquarters over recent killings

THE human rights group KARAPATAN picketed the gates of the AFP Headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo to denounce the alarming spate of extra-judicial killings (EJK’s) by suspected state security forces.

Karapatan dares PNoy to stop killings as three more activists are slain

The human rights alliance Karapatan denounced the latest extra-judicial killings by suspected state forces of BAYAN MUNA activist Rodel Estrellado of Barangay 3, Malilipot, Albay and B’laan tribal chief Rudy Dejos and his son Rody Rick Dejos of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.


“These are despicable crimes that should be denounced by our people and the international community. As the Aquino government talks peace, his troops are once again on a killing spree,” KARAPATAN spokesperson Jigs Clamor said.

On the 25th anniversary of EDSA 1: A crying need to fight for human rights

AS THE NATION celebrates the victorious people’s uprising to oust the fascist dictatorship of Marcos in 1986, we in the human rights alliance of KARAPATAN reaffirm our commitment to defend and fight for the human rights of the Filipino people.