Quezon City | The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), through its General Secretary, Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza, welcomed the decision of the Court of Appeals First Division affirming the conviction of Gen. Jovito Palparan and his co-accused, Lieutenant Colonel Felipe Anotado and Staff Sgt Edgardo Osorio. Quoting a verse from Proverbs 21:15, Bishop Marigza exclaimed: “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers!”
“This decision of the Court of Appeals is a testament to the untiring efforts of the Cadapan and Empeno families and fellow human rights advocates for justice. The NCCP has accompanied them in their quest, even in bringing their plight to the attention of the international community,” Bishop Marigza stated.
“We are glad that Palparan, who earned the moniker ‘The Butcher,’ will remain in jail. This case was decided in court, unlike the countless people who have been victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, torture, warrantless arrests, illegal detention and other forms of human rights violations in the places where he was assigned during his heyday,” Bishop Marigza said.
Bishop Marigza also expressed NCCP’s hope that other human rights violators also face the bar of justice. “It is critical for the dismantling of the culture of impunity that has become entrenched in our country, that there is justice and accountability for all perpetrators of human rights violations,” Bishop Marigza concluded.