I write in reaction to the article ‘“Lumad’ caught in crossfire” (Across the Nation, 9/21/14), which made mention of the Alamara, a paramilitary group operating in the hinterlands of Davao del Norte.
When you’re brought back to your former “stomping grounds,” placed once again in the company of old friends and colleagues and the environment that nurtured and molded you to full flowering, would you call that incarceration? We think not.
Jovito Palparan’s transfer to military HQ is “daang matuwid-style” VIP treatment for human rights violators. This homecoming is a grave insult to the families of the victims of extrajudicial killings, human rights abuse, torture and disappearances.
When I heard for the first time Jovito Palparan speak at a forum as a commanding officer of the military in Laguna, I thought he was a disaster, a man ready to spread terror among activists and progressive organizations.
The arrest of retired general Jovito Palparan will not end impunity in the country and neither will it improve the human rights situation, as long as counterinsurgency programs are used to quell people’s dissent instead of addressing the root causes of the armed conflict. The machinery in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that perpetuates Palparan’s brand of human rights violations against the Filipino people is very much active in Oplan Bayanihan.