JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday ordered an investigation into allegations that retired Army Major General Jovito Palparan is enjoying special privileges in the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.
“I will look into this allegation. It has always been the policy of the DOJ (Department of Justice) to ensure that all PDLs (persons deprived of liberty) in correctional facilities are treated uniformly, subject to only a few exceptions based on humanitarian grounds,” Guevarra said.
Guevarra directed Justice Undersecretary Deo Marco to lead the investigation.
Palparan was sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for the kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño. He was transferred from military custody to the NBP two weeks after his conviction in 2018.
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) revealed that Palparan was “unduly enjoying” special treatment in prison even after he was convicted.
The retired general is making a mockery of the law and the judicial system as he continues to get special privileges in prison, the NUPL said.
The lawyers’ group asked the Malolos City Regional Trial Court Branch 15, where Palparan was tried for the kidnapping of farmer Raymond Manalo, to end the alleged special treatment.