Sep 072014

A festival has prompted a Bulacan court to postpone on Monday the pretrial proceedings of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. to next week.

Bulacan Judge Teodora Gonzales reset to 9 a.m. on Sept. 15 the next pretrial proceedings for Palparan, radio dzBB’s Rodil Vega reported.

Also, protest actions by pro- and anti-Palparan groups had been scheduled for Monday.

In Monday’s pretrial, Gonzales was expected to decide on Palparan’s petition to be transferred from the Bulacan Provincial Jail to the Intelligence Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) or the PNP Custodial Center.

Last Sept. 1, Palparan sought a transfer from the Bulacan Provincial Jail, dzBB’s Manny Vargas reported.

At the time, Gonzales gave all parties concerned until Sept. 8 to give their comments.

Last Aug. 18, Palparan was arraigned before the Malolos, Bulacan regional trial court on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

The court entered a “not guilty” plea for Palparan after the former military officer not enter one.

The charges against Palparan stemmed from the disappearance of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in Bulacan in 2006.

Palparan had denied the allegations.

Palparan was commander of the Army 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija when the abduction of the two students took place.

He retired from the military in 2006, and won a seat in Congress through the anti-communist party-list group Bantay. He ran for the Senate in 2010 but did not win. — Joel Locsin/RSJ, GMA News

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