Palparan could be an accomplice to abduction and torture of

Palparan could be an accomplice to abduction and torture of
Fil-Am activist, says militant group

The left-leaning fishermen alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday said it believed that Bantay party list Rep. Jovito Palparan and Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (Anad) party list Rep. Pastor Alcover are accomplices to the abduction and torture of Fil-Am activist Melissa Roxas.

“Their extreme behavior and tour de force performance in carrying out the brazen lies and incorrigible lines of attack of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in and out of the Commission on Human Rights and the House Committee on Human Rights to pin down Roxas reveal that they were in cahoots with the abductors and torturers of Roxas,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

“Since that is the case, we ask the CHR and the chair of the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate the possible involvement of Palparan and Alcover on the Melissa Roxas abduction and torture case,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Hicap said he has this strong gut feel that Palparan and Alcover have knowledge of the abduction and torture of Roxas by agents of the military belonging to the Northern Luzon Command of the AFP, particularly the 7th ID in Fort Magsaysay, where Palparan, while still in military service used to hold office and other functions as chief of the infantry division.

“Palparan and Alcover came out from nowhere and suddenly presented pictures and video showing and alleging Roxas as a member of New People’s Army operating in Nueva Ecija and Aurora at the time the military could no longer sustain its state of denial and demonization campaign against Roxas. Where did they get the pictures presented by RC, one of Roxas abductors and torturers? Who gave them the pictures and the video which are in the possession of the military” he asked.

Pamalakaya’s Hicap said the acquisition of pictures and video allegedly showing Roxas as an NPA regular in Central Luzon suggested that Reps. Palparan and Alcover knew the abductors and torturers of Roxas, and this angle should be judiciously explored and investigated by the CHR and House Committee on Human Rights chaired by Rep. Erin Tañada III.

“We ask the CHR and the chair of the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate Palparan and Alcover. These party list lawmakers are performing in accordance with the sinister agenda of the National Security Council and the AFP against Roxas and leaders and members the mainstream Left,” said Pamalakaya.

The militant group said aside from Palparan and Alcover, the CHR and the House Committee on Human Rights probing the abduction and torture of Roxas should also investigate the 7th ID Chief Maj. Gen. Ralph Villanueva and the rest of the officials based inside Fort Magsaysay, where Roxas was allegedly taken by his abductors to squeeze information from the Fil-Am activist. #

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