Letter from the UP Student Regent: On the preliminary investigation on the criminal complaint against Palparan tomorrow 10am
OPEN LETTER TO ALL STUDENTS
07 July 2011
Tomorrow is the scheduled preliminary investigation on the criminal complaint against Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. et al, for the enforced disappearance of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
Prosecutors will decide if there is probable cause against Palparan and the other accused. “Probable cause” is a legal concept which refers to facts or evidence that would make a reasonable person believe that a crime or wrong doing has been committed, and by the particular persons suspected. This is significant because a warrant of arrest may be issued after determination of probable cause.
Over the years, we have compiled key testimonies which state that our fellow UP students Karen and Sherlyn were last seen in the custody of the military, enslaved and tortured. The Supreme Court itself affirmed the credibility of witness and military abductee Raymond Manalo. The decision last May patently ordered Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, Lt. Col. Rogelio Boac, 2Lt. Francis Mirabelle Samson, M/Sgt. Donald Caigas, and Arnel Enriquez to immediately release Karen and Sherlyn.
The accused are required to be present at the preliminary investigation. We know it will be a raw and unnerving time for Nanay Connie Empeno, Nanay Linda Cadapan, and the witnesses who will come face to face with the men accused of cruel human rights violations and heinous crimes. If you have time, please join the gathering outside the Department of Justice along Padre Faura, Manila at 10:00 am tomorrow, 8 July 2011 to give moral encouragement to the families and friends of Karen and Sherlyn.
Enforced disappearances have two main objectives: first, they silence opponents, critics, and other social agents of change; second, they also create uncertainty and fear in the wider community. By supporting the legal and political campaign against enforced disappearances, and for the prosecution of human rights violators, we create a safer, better world for all of us.
Surface all desaparecidos, stop impunity!
UP Student Regent