Jovito Palparan arrested by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila. The retired military official and former congressman was one of the Philippines’ high-profile Most Wanted Person. NBI agents were accompanied by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Naval Intelligence Group during the operation by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by the Malolos regional trial court on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima announced in an interview, that Palparan was arrested around 3 in the morning and was brought to the NBI headquarters in Manila at around 4 am.

Jovito Palparan

Jovito Palparan Arrested by NBI in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

Former Northern Luzon Chief Jovito Palparan, who has been in hiding for three years was arrested by NBI in Manila, Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Based on an intelligence information, the 63-year-old, who has a bounty of P2 million on his head was hiding at his friend’s house for three months, where he was found unarmed by the National Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, his companions during his arrest may also be charged with obstruction of justice and harboring a fugitive. Palparan will be temporarily detained at NBI to await commitment order from RTC Malolos.

Jovito Palparan is one of the “Big 5” most wanted men in the country. He is called “Berdugo” by political activist. The other four are: Former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes. The Reyes brothers disappeared in March 2012 after the Regional Trial Court in Puerto Princesa City issued warrants for their arrest for the murder of Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega. Former Dinagat Island Representative Ruben Ecleo Jr. He went into hiding after he was meted a 31-year jail sentence by the Sandiganbayan in 2006 for a graft case. In April 2012, a Cebu City court sentenced him to life imprisonment for the killing of his wife. He is the object of a nationwide manhunt. Lastly, Globe Asiatique developer Delfin Lee. Lee has a standing arrest warrant issued by a Pampanga court in May 2012 for a multibillion-peso housing scam. He has been arrested.

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