Palparan case may add to PNoy's problems: Joker

Posted at 08/19/14 3:42 PM

MANILA - Former Senator Joker Arroyo said President Benigno Aquino III is now walking on a "tightrope" and the case of retired Major General Jovito Palparan may add to his problems.

In a statement, Arroyo cited previous instances in the past when the President lost the backing of the military.

"The AFP abandoned [Ferdinand] Marcos that led to EDSA and his flight to Honolulu. The AFP abandoned Erap (Joseph Estrada) that helped in his ouster,” he said.

The former senator said members of the military have expressed support for Palparan, who is an accused in the disappearance of two UP students.

"The military fraternity, from the highest ranks of its hierarchical leadership down to the officer corps, say unabashedly that they will not let their buddy down and invoke the presumption of innocence until found guilty,” the former senator said.

Arroyo said human rights victims are saying that the government "does not give victims the attention that is their due."

He noted the situation in its entirety may pose a problem to the President.

"The complication presently is that we have an administration that is presently under siege and it is tied down with multiple problems that cannot be easily solved.”

Aquino is already “fighting” the Supreme Court because of the impasse over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), he said.

“The President is walking on a tightrope. Let's hope the Palparan case will not be part of the problem,” he said.

Palparan was arrested in Sta. Mesa, Manila last week. Dubbed "The Butcher" by activist groups, the retired major general said he has been receiving death threats from the New People's Army.