Group: Philippine Military Helping Accused General


Salon Staff
February 1, 2012 8:18AM (UTC)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human-rights group says it has information that Philippine military personnel are thwarting attempts by civilian authorities to capture a former army general accused of kidnapping two student activists.

Retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan has been on the run since he was charged in December with kidnapping the left-wing activists in 2006. They remain missing and he has denied any involvement.

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Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that civilian officials told the group that Palparan is being protected by some military personnel and business owners who benefited from his heavy-headed tactics to suppress a long-running communist insurgency.

The military has previously denied such allegations and promised to cooperate.


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