Jovito Palparan arrested after years of hiding

Retired army general Jovito Palparan Jr., who was wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention, has been arrested by the NBI.

Jovito Palparan arrested
GMA News reports that a composite team of the National Bureau of Investigation NBI Anti-Organized Crime Division and the Armed Forces Naval Intelligence Group arrested the fugitive at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Justice secretary Leila de Lima confirmed in an interview that Palparan was arrested in his hideout after authorities spotted him on Monday.

The former party-list representative, who did not resist arrest, was brought to the NBI headquarters and will remain there while the NBI and the Department of Justice await a commitment order from the court that has jurisdiction over him.

Palparan was charged in connection with the alleged abduction of University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen EmpeƱo in 2006. Five years later, he was indicted and ordered arrested by a Bulacan court.

On December 20, 2011, Palparan reportedly tried to leave the country but was stopped by a hold departure order. He was not detained as the warrant of arrest was only released in the afternoon. He has since went into hiding.

In February 2012, the Communist Party of the Philippines ordered members of its revolutionary arm, the New People’s Army, to hunt him down.

On August 16 of same year, MalacaƱang offered a P2M reward for information leading to his arrest.