Palparan’s new PR tactic won’t fool anyone

12208534_1636482459959345_5747574976445767509_nWe do not buy the butcher’s attempt to wear the hat of a gentlemen officer. Former General Jovito Palparan used to see red everywhere but is now trying to project the image of a man compassionate towards victims of human-rights violations and mindful of the distinction between legal progressive organizations and the New People’s Army.

A far cry from the combative general who didn’t mince words when talking about the so-called communist front organisations, the accused is now singing a different tune, even going as far as saying the he pities the mothers of disappeared students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan because they are looking for their daughters.

We condemn the latest legal and PR tactic of the Palparan camp. This tactic is aimed at securing acquittal from the courts and softening public condemnation of his bloody human-rights record.

Let us not forget that he is the one responsible for the spate of extrajudicial killings and other human-rights violations in the regions under his command when he was still a favorite general of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Let us not forget that he actively vilified legal progressive organizations including human-rights group Karapatan.

In a country where anti-communist hysteria as as strong as it was in the cold war era, red-tagging is akin to handing out death sentences. And Palparan tagged groups as “communist fronts” in an attempt to legitimize the extra-judicial killings and abductions of their members.

Contrary to his claim, the reds don’t need destroy his reputation, for he he has done that himself a long time ago. While he is more concerned about the reputation that he destroyed himself, the kin of those that were tortured, murdered, and disappeared, are still seeking for justice.