NBI: Threats vs Palparan 'very high, very valid'

Posted at 08/14/14 2:29 PM

Palparan will be transferred to Bulacan jail today - NBI

MANILA - National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Virgilio Mendez said the threats to former Army Major General Jovito Palparan’s life are “very high, very valid.”

Mendez said this is the reason why a joint effort with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will have to be established when Palparan is transferred to the Bulacan Provincial Jail “anytime today.”

“[The risk] is very high, very valid… That’s why we have to be extra careful,” he said.

He said he has been receiving a lot of information about those threats. “We can’t just disregard all these info… perhaps everyone is well aware of those,” he said.

Palparan earlier said “self-preservation” was what triggered him to hide from the law. He said the threats from the communists are very real.

Palparan, who was arrested early Tuesday, has been called a “butcher” by militants. He is wanted for the disappearance of two UP students researching the plight of farmers in Bulacan.

Yesterday, the Bulacan Regional Trial Court ordered the NBI to commit him to the provincial jail. Palparan’s camp has already filed a motion for reconsideration.

Mendez explained the NBI understands the immediacy of the court ruling.

“We understand that it should be immediate, but first and foremost is the security of the subject,” he said.

Asked if the security for Palparan is similar to the convoy of businesswoman Janet Napoles whenever she goes to court, he said: “We can’t discuss the details… As long as we can ensure the safety of the subject.”

He said there is no special treatment for Palparan.

Some quarters twitted the NBI for allowing Palparan to hold a press conference there.

“We want to clear this. It was a request by Palparan, assisted by his lawyers, that he will face the media to air his side. It’s also his right,” he added.