Reward offer will be helpful in manhunt for Palparan – PNP

REWARD offer could be a big help to authorities in tracking down retired army Major General Jovito Palparan Jr., who is now considered as a fugitive from the law, a top police official said Friday.

PNP chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome Jr., said that reward offer has been proven in the past as an effective tool in apprehending fugitives.

“Well, its a big thing for us law enforcement agencies and the reward could be big incentive for the community that will give us any information,” Bartolome told reporters in a chance interview at Camp Crame.

The PNP chief said that while tracker teams have been formed, any information community will be a big help in the manhunt operations for Palparan.

On how much the amount for the reward offer, Bartolome said that this is still to be discussed with Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

The PNP chief acknowledged that Palparan’s experience as intelligence officer will a big factor that could go against in their manhunt operations for the retired army general.

The PNP chief said that the police already been information regarding some possible places where Palparan may have sought refuge, but declined to elaborate further.

Bartolome also called on Palparan to surrender so he can defend himself properly in court and prove his innocence over the charges imputed against him.

Palparan Jr. has been hiding since early this week after he was barred from flying to Singapore at the Diosdado Macapagal Airport by immigration authorities base on alert order issued by the Department of Justice.

After Palparan’s foiled escape try, the Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 14 issued a warrant for his arrest.

Palparan is facing kidnapping charges for the dissappearance of UP student activists, Karen Empeno and Sherylyn Cadapan several years ago in Bulacan.

At the time of the dissappearance of the two in 2006, Palparan was the commander of the army’s 7th Infantry Division based in Bulacan.

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