Front Line Defenders welcomes the news from Manila that Filipino Maj. General Jovito Palparan was arrested on 12 August for the 2006 enforced disappearance of human rights defenders Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan on June 26, 2006.
The two women human rights defenders were students at the University of the Philippines and engaged in community organising and support for farmers in Hagonoy, Bulacan. While doing fieldwork in that community, they were abducted by armed men.
Witnesses claim they were seized and taken into custody by the Philippine Army based in Barangay Iba, Hagonoy, Bulacan, under the command of then Maj. Gen. Palparan. They were allegedly harassed, tortured and raped.