40 congressmen who signed anti-Palparan resolution urged to lead oust “The Butcher” campaign in Congress
Leaders of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Thursday urged the 40 congressmen who last February signed a house resolution opposing the appointment of retired Army Major Gen. Jovito Palparan to any government post to lead anew in opposing the entry of the controversial general to the House of Representatives as party list Rep
In a joint statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap and KMP Secretary General Danilo Ramos said the 40 lawmakers last Feb. crossed party lines to sign House Resolution No. 999 rejecting Palparan’s appointment to any government post, and the same can be applied to bar him from entering Congress this time as party list lawmaker under Bantay party list group.
The resolution was filed at the time that the controversial retired military official will be assigned to either the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) or the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). The resolution states that “Palparan’s possible appointment is another knee-jerk reaction to government’s failure to effectively address the drug problem.”
The resolution, according to Pamalakaya and KMP was initiated by Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, was signed by 40 others from Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Anakpawis, Partido ng Masang Pilipino, Nacionalista Party, Lakas-CMD Balane, Liberal Party, CIBAC, An Waray, Anak Mindanao, Kampi, Nationalist People’s Coalition, Partido Demokratiko-Sosyalista ng Pilipinas, and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.
The measure cited as basis Palparan’s alleged involvement in the proliferation of extrajudicial killings in areas where he was assigned during his stint in the military, particularly in Southern Tagalog, Eastern Visayas, and Central Luzon areas.
Pamalakaya’s Hicap said the 40 congressmen who crossed party lines and signed the anti-Palparan resolution, could initiate another resolution barring Palparan from taking a party list seat and lead the oust Palparan campaign inside the House of Representatives.
“Gen. Palparan is the representative of the national security gang and extrajudicial killing republic of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He will exploit Congress into a political staging ground to aggressively attack militant groups and personalities and other lawmakers and personages highly critical of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the ruling de facto military junta in Malacañang,” said Hicap.
The Pamalakaya leader said his group will re-file the P 20-million libel case it filed against Palparan in connection with the ex-army general’s statement branding Pamalakaya and party list group Anakpawis as terrorists, extortionists and recruiters of New People’s Army in the coastal areas of Bulacan two years ago.
The case was dismissed on mere technicality by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court and for lack of jurisdiction, and the case should have been filed in Tarlac City because Palparan’s unit was under the Northern Luzon Command of the AFP.
For his part, KMP’s Ramos said relatives and surviving victims of Palparan from the peasant sector will troop to Congress next week to convince lawmakers to come up with a congressional action that will stop Palparan from gaining a seat in the House of Representatives as a party list lawmaker under Bantay party list.
“The expulsion of Palparan from Congress and his incarceration for committing crimes against humanity are non-negotiable issues to us. This political crusade of the Filipino peasantry will go on and will continue to hound this brutal political criminal of activists of all time,” added Ramos.
KMP said Palparan as Bantay party list representative will be the government’s attack dog in carrying out the state politics and policies of human rights violations, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances of activists and critics of the Arroyo administration and the military establishment.
“Palparan’s year long stint as party list lawmaker in this case will be a one hell of experience. He will be deluged with cases of disqualifications before the Commission on Elections and other appropriate bodies. If he survived the disqualification test, we will torment him with day-to-day protest and other forms of earthshaking activities that will compel him to leave Congress and go to jail instead,” Ramos said. #