Retired General Jovito Palparan is a Filipino soldier

The case of retired General Jovito Palparan who had recently been arrested on charges of grave human rights abuses against activists is an interesting one. On one hand, here is a highly-decorated officer admired by his comrades in the Philippine military for his consistent zeal in the battlefield and singular focus on crushing the enemy — the New People’s Army (NPA), the terrorist arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). On the other hand, he is regarded as the “Butcher” and the Berdugo (“executioner”) — a man who allegedly oversaw the torture and killing of activists as a means to the ends of his marching orders.

Left without US military assistance, the Philippines is a largely helpless and defenseless nation.
Left without US military assistance, the Philippines is a largely helpless and defenseless nation.
Even in the corporate world, ambitious employees aspire to be seen by their superiors as the guy who gets shit done. Corporate culture rewards executives who are able to inspire their staff with glibly militaristic directives like “go over there and kick ass” or, when referring to “issues”, to “make it go away”. Corporate executives, cubicle warriors are incessantly told, don’t want to hear excuses, only results.

Interestingly, this sort of prevalent corporate culture models itself on the typical military organisation. Military command is arguably the most efficient results-oriented approach to organising people. When a military organisation fails, people die. Lots of people. Thus, military organisations have evolved over the centuries into what they are today — no-nonsense organisations whose mission is to kill and survive while doing that.

Similarly when corporations fail, people lose their jobs and economies take hits in their growth targets. More importantly, executives don’t get their bonuses and get chewed out by their wives for failing to bring home the diamonds. And that is why corporations, taking on board the wisdom of management consulting firms, have adopted the ethos of military organisations and sport teams — so they could tap the primal impulses of their young guns to deliver results. To the bottom line, in this case.

Most corporate types will attest to the effectiveness with which corporations are able to “motivate” them to nail the sale and kill the competition. So effective and systematically-applied is this “motivation” that generations of brilliantly-small-minded university-educated career folk have sacrificed health, family, friends, and spouses at the altar of corporate success.

What does this have to do with Jovito “the (alleged) Butcher” Palparan?

Well, everything. Many of us can never know what soldiers go through in the battlefield. The “enemy” to a typical soldier is a mere abstraction, more a target to kill than the human being it usually is. It is the same whatever end of a gun barrel one might happen to be situated. When you are behind it, finger twitching on the trigger, the other guy is a kill that must happen. When you are on the other end being shot at, the other guy is a bogey that you desperately also need to kill. If your man on the ground is in the habit of launching into existential debates in his head everytime he is faced with a kill-or-be-killed situation, well, you really wouldn’t want that sort of soldier in your team. And that is why that kind of mental habit is systematically beaten out of the average cadet in basic training.

In short, soldiers are trained to kill on orders.

Make no illiusions about what military training is all about. It is all geared towards training killers and getting them to work well amongst fellow trained killers to form a collective that works cohesively to crush the enemy. So there is really no mystery behind why Filipino soldiers continue to admire Palparan and why their gentrified “officers” are under pressure to order them to keep that sentiment to themselves — because civilians will never understand what soldiers go through.

People will balk at that simple but confronting truth. Soldiers, the average emo civilian will insist, are “defenders”. Of course they are. Japan’s Imperial Army is now known as its “Defense Force” precisely to pander to that sentiment. But that doesn’t change what its soldiers are. And by no means should that sort of peace time sentiment change the Filipino soldier either. Because to be able to defend a territory and keep its citizens happily tapping on their iPads while sipping their lattes at the local Starbucks, there are enemies to kill.

If you find yourself in a dark street corner with a shadowy figure coming at you with a knife, you’d ideally want a big black shiny attack dog on your side — not a yip-yip lap dog. You’d want that shadowy figure sprawled on the ground with that dog’s jaws clamped around his neck first before you come around to the task of figuring out who he was and what he planned to do to you.

Jovito Palparan was that attack dog. Did he take his mission to crush Filipino communists seriously? By all accounts he did. Did the means with which he sought to fulfill that mission justify that end? That is what is debatable today. What position you take in that debate will, of course, depend on what side of the kill equation you happen to be in.

[Photo courtesy UPI.]

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ranger
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Gen Palparan is accused of a crime he did while on duty. Then the AFP should provide him with all the necessary defense as the supposed crime occured while he was on active duty, and therefore in accordance with his role in combat against the enemies of the state.
All men in uniform should support his cause, as it is also theirs.

Monakh
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excellent piece Sir Benign0! Gen. Palparan was so effective on his job that the left leaning Media always make it a point he allegedly ordered the death of UP “students” and consciously ignoring the part where the AFP knows theyre part of the NPA…

coupled with the fact that the CHR chair is a known NPA supporter and seems to gleefuly condemn AFP members whenever human rights complaints surfaces but stays silent when her comrades blatantly violates it…

Johnny Saint
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The Philippines has been fighting a COMMUNIST insurgency for nearly fifty years. This is a movement whose stated goal is to destroy our democratic institutions and impose a Maoist-Communist social order along the lines of North Korea. And yet the national government imprisons General Palparan, a soldier who did exactly as he was ordered — to defend the country against an enemy threat. It is characteristic of the feeble-mindedness of the Aquino administration and their useful idiots in the media and the ‘human rights industry’ to be morally incapable of confronting evil. It is the same attitude they have adopted… Read more »
VLAD
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HA LOL,and what ‘Democratic institutions’ would you be reffering to? The syndicate masquerading as a ‘Senate’ ‘HOR’ house? the Philippines has as much ‘Democracy’ as your foot does.

after trying the current system for as long as the Philippines has a MAN with a brain would consider that it just doesn’t work, and yet you stammer on and on as if the other systems you have probably never even lived near, nevermind under, are somehow beneath what you are living in now.

Been a while since encountering one so clueless.

Pallacertus
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What if a number of those people you brand “the enemy” weren’t really enemies of the state, but were caught in the crossfire, so to speak?

That’s a salient question, isn’t it?

Johnny Saint
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Please go over what you said.

You just stated they WERE NOT THE ENEMY. Your premise was that there are people caught in the crossfire. That is a tragic reality of war. Any real soldier in the field takes great pains to avoid it.

Dennis centeno
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Really Stupid and feeble our Gov to Protect the Troops while they’re encountered Problem Againts The Communist En”

Dave
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Filipinos require strict discipline to keep in line and achieve results. The only reason Davao’s streets are comparatively safe is down to the tyrannical mayor.

I’ve tried to give Filipinos opportunities to work online from home and earn a fair income based on the work they do, but after their initial enthusiasm and success, their lazy and undisciplined nature has taken over and they’ve drifted back to comfortable unemployment or the manacles of a day job with appalling pay.

ern
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You are exactly right and then they make excuses of their being poor and that’s why they want to be among those rebels/terrorist an easy way out to demand from government. As asking financial aid and free land. But if you give them land they just sell it or do nothing bcoz, they are lazy.

pio gante
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it’s been often said that in order to understand the martial way life, one has to actually have lived it, though i’m not sure if you had any but you have indeed written a brilliant piece on the matter. lastly, i certainly agree that it all boils down on whose side of kill zone you’re in.

justine
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The UP students did not engage the military in a shootout. If they were involved with the NPA, then they should have been jailed, not made to disappear. I think you compared the situation in Davao the wrong way. Davao achieved peace and order because of enforcement, the same way every developed society does it. The Dutertes make it a point to ensure that laws are being enforced. SBMA and Olongapo under Gordon was beautifully managed. So was Marikina/EDSA under BF. There wasn’t tyranny behind the successes there. Back to Palparan – ‘credit where it is due, but no to… Read more »
ern
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R U from Davao? I am. You don’t know the Duterte as well as Gen. Palparan. You are just being brainwash of the Rebels/Terrorist propaganda. (Unless you are among them). Don’t be one sided if you want the truth.

Akrho73
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Did you just say no to shortcuts to due process? Isn’t that what Dong Dirty is doing in his home turf? Extra Judicial killing capital of the Philippines. You are such an ironic person.

jong
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You R just a one sided person. Ba2-ba2 sa langit ang natatama-an wag magagalit. We know what side you’r
IN. You don’t even know the real Gen. Palparan……

jong
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LISTEN TO yrself…..YOU R D ONE who is IRONIC….& Pathetic….. DO NOT JUDGE AS YOU WILL BE JUDGE!!!!!God knows the kind of person you R.

Thomas Jefferson
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Why is the broadcast media and the broadsheets adopting trial by publicity? Is not General Palparan presumed innocent until proven guilty? He has been called butcher as the media continues to toe the communist line of black agitation propaganda. Jose Maria Sison is the real butcher. Remember that he purged by genocide his own communist cadre. Recall Oplan Zombie, Oplan Ajos, etc. Sison is still purging communist NPA who quit the movement. May I suggest you read the book “To Suffer thy Comrades.” This is available in National Bookstore. Sison is like Pol Pot! It was also Sison who planned… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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I recall posting a link of the jose Maria Sison website… Two reports of Lisandro Claudio in GMA news. Who had an informal alliance with Jose Maria Sison? Answer… Ninoy Aquino. Who served coffee to Joma Sison in Times Street? Answer… Cory Aquino. Who later released Joma to fight the government another day? Answer…Cory Aquino. Who released the Morong 43 despite strong evidence of the AFP? Answer…BS Aquino III.

“The enemy is already within and past the gates.”

Thomas Jefferson
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ern
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EXACTLY RIGHT!!!!!

ern
Guest

That’s right and they don’t even know that Gen. Palparan has help so many Rebels, people in all walks of life and businesses wherever he was assigned either financially and spiritually.

Jerry
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Killing Priests, Students, and other non-combatants? Kidnapping?

Is that a kill or get killed?

hyden Toro
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It is war against the insurgents; the insurgents kill also innocent people.

The collaborator, Aquino has to appease his NPA comrades…this is the reason, he
made an example of a good soldier like Gen. Palparan.

The motives of YellowTard Aquino of releasing those NPA in Morong, Rizal is a glaring fact, that he is protecting the NPA insurgents…Whose side is Aquino in?

NPA, Islamic Radicals of Mindanao -he had partitioned the Philippines, to give them sanctuary. Aquino should be tried for treason, and plunder; not Gen. Palparan…

Pallacertus
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What the fuck is this?

So insurgents killing innocents means the military can do what they do in the name of fucking security or some bullshit?

What the fuck is this?

And then when the military does what the insurgents do, we go and ask for the President’s head because conspiracy theory logic?

What the fuck is this?

ern
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That only shows you don’t know nothing but on the side of the insurgents. Do your homework, if you are not one of them. Will see what happen to you when Philippines becomes a communist Country, like China, Korea, Russia or the ISIS will control YOU.

Thomas Jefferson
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@Jerry

Name the people who killed priests, students and other non-combatants. Name the kidnappers. You are obviously toeing the communist line.

VLAD
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UH, When Armies succeed people DIE!

You got it backwards.

Sea Bee
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I think we need to distinguish between an advocate and a combatant. If you are not committing a violent act, conspiring to commit violent acts, engaging in hate speech that advocates violence; you should be free to espouse any political philosophy that you want. That right is protected by the constitution. the disappearance of, torture, and summary execution of students and protestors is NOT okay. Labeling them as communists or radicals does not erase their human rights.

Pallacertus
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Pretty much.

If benign0’s little essay extolling the ever-virtuous General Palparan (assuming as we all do his guilt) is not an apologia for his murderous ways, if this isn’t an attempt at whitewashing his crimes under some flimsy Nuremberg defense or another, I don’t know what it is. Some of you might fancy trusting guys who might yet slay you, all the while making excuses for them, but trust me, I’m not one of them.

yup
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As I remembered, Nuremberg happens because Europe choose appeasement of a megalomaniac rather than confrontation, and Churchill was dubbed a “warmonger” then. Flips don’t learn history seriously..

ern
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YOUR A BOLONY!!!!!! a hypocrite.

jong
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TRUST YOU???? hehehehehehe..You know who you “R”!!!

jong
Guest

What about the human rights of those killed by the communist or radicals? What about the human rights of Gen. J. Palparan labeled as butcher? What good this communist/radicals did for the good of the people and the country? Pangilkil (stupid law or stupid govt.) REVOLUTIONARY TAX? for the poor). WHY? WHO gets it? Napa hiwi…

Hyden Toro
Guest

Speaking of “Human Rights”; the peasant/tenants of Aquino in Hacienda Luisita, who were killed and massacred, by his order, have “Human Rights” too. The people who did not pay “revolutrionary taxes” , demanded by the NPA, and were killed by their “Sparrow Units”have “Human Rights”, too. The Journalists in Maguindanao who were killed by the Ampatuans, and who are now politically alligned to Aquino, have “Human Rights”, too.

“Human Rights” can be used as a political tool to destroy your political enemies; and appease your political supporters. It can be used to fit your political agendas.

jong
Guest

correct!!!!!!

Sea Bee
Guest

Hyden Toro: The concept of “Human Rights” is more than a political, figure of speech. It is a universal principle that should guide human beings in their treatment of one another. See Wikipedia….

Hyden Toro
Guest

Aquino, the YellowTards, the NPAs, etc…should practice what they preach. Universal concept?…my ass, did they follow it? Wikipepedia or no Wikipedia…it does not make sense in the Philippines…they use it as a convenient political tool, to prosecute their political enemies…

tomas
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why most people who read the article above think it condones what palparan did is beyond me. it simply stated how the way things are. don’t insert your own biases into it.

ChinoF
Member

No one thought the activists were getting murdered by NPA and factions within it, then the NPA stooges conveniently point to the military as the culprit?

jong
Guest

Exactly Right!!!!

Hyden Toro
Guest

@Thomas Jefferson

The JoMa Sison Website article is very enlightening, to what transpired in our country…a Feudalist being used by a Communist; and a “Communist” , having symbiotic relationship to a Feudalist Politician…only in the Philippines, Dudes. They are all Political Opportunists…

Hyden Toro
Guest

Watch out, if that idiot YellowTard Aquino has already sold us to Al Queda or ISIS…collaboration is in Aquino’s DNA…

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

Communist sympathizers always harp about human rights issues. It is a convenient weapon to weaken government counter-insurgency efforts. Their agitation black propaganda lies is intended to deceive the gullible and less knowledgeable. The intention is to destroy the image of the government. The lies of the communists speaks for itself.I challenge the sympathizers to show evidence of wrongdoing. There are intelligence reports showing that the so-called kidnap victims were spotted in NPA camps in Bicol and Mindanao. It is true. The NPA of Jose Maria Sison still purge comrades who quit the movement.

Pallacertus
Guest

So the families of the desaparecidos aren’t grieving but advancing the cause of a doctrine more or less politically discredited for more than two decades now.

Tell me how that works.

Thomas Jefferson
Guest

@Pallacertus

The families of the tortured and disappeared during the purges of Jose Maria Sison caused a great division in the communist movement. The Sison faction lost out when the rejectionist NPA separated from the mainstream. There is still grieving and hatred from the rejectionist side. They still remember the nightmare of those purges against the communist cadre. I repeat… It is Jose Maria Sison who is the butcher.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Remember Pol Pot of Cambodia…the Khamer Rogue communist massacred millions of Cambodians; when they got into power. This will happen in our country; when these NPAs will gain power. Murder, Gulags, Concentration Camps, Labor Camps,Forced Labors, Slavery by the State, etc…we don’t want another Pol Pot…

Pallacertus
Guest

What does any of this have to do with Palparan’s alleged crimes? It’s Palparan who’s the subject here, not Joma Sison.

chowong
Guest

Use Democracy to destroy Democracy itself. Use Human rights to destroy human rights itself. This is what these insurgents do.

yup
Guest

Lenin would be proud of you, that’s a joke 😛

Hydren Toro
Guest

The Russian Communists, headed by Lenin ; hijacked the Parliamentary government of Russian PM Kerensky…the Communists were a minority.

THOM HARDY
Guest

@ HT….Uh,NO..not really. The ‘White’ or ‘February’ Revolution never held Moscow, the capital, and was centered in St.Petersburg. After some minor squabbling and the Tsar’s abdication,in Moscow, the ‘RED’ faction (the latter day Red Army)took uncontested power.All this as the Tsar and the rest of the Romanov family was marched to the ‘House of Special Purpose’ and their final destiny.
1922 was really when the dust finally cleared.

ChinoF
Member

Another theory: what if other generals or officers are the ones guilty of killing the activists, then Palparan was made a scapegoat? Or, even if Palparan is involved, why is he singled out? So many things are fishy here.

Johnny Saint
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It doesn’t have to be complicated. General Palparan hqppened to become the subject of scrutiny by the public and singled out by the media as the epitome of government abuse. Typically, instead of determining the facts of the situation, the Aquino administration chose to distance itself from him and play into the fears of an already distrustful populace that persons in authority intend to abuse their power. It fits the narrative Penoy Aquino has been selling since the beginning of his term — that the police, the military and public officials in general are inherently corrupt and that he will… Read more »
ChinoF
Member

Yeah, that’s what the current admin had been doing. Setting up some “sacrificial lambs” to make it look like they’re doing something, and some distractions as well.

THOM HARDY
Guest

@ SAINT, It was you that stated that the Juduiciary is the only thing keeping the current administration in check? Now you state a Man cant get a fair trial? because of Aquino’s daang muttawino?
That is classic double-talk, and its obvious you are talking out of both sides of your mouth, a double-talking bullshit artist that thinks she can predict the future!
You are so full of shit SAINT I can smell it over here!!!
SCHOOLED AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!! LEARN YOUR LESSON SON, and go back to school and LEARN how to do something besides being a bull-shit artist.

Johnny Saint
Guest
Typical. Thom Hardy the LIAR cannot even keep his lies straight. The point made in the previous article was that among the three branches of government, the Judiciary is the least tainted with regards to the PDAF/DAP debacle for the simple reason that the Supreme Court rejected (reallocated) money being offered to it by Secretary Abad. There was never statement to the effect that the Judiciary is the only thing keeping Penoy and company in check. — As to the other lies being propagated by Thom Hardy regarding General Palparan. The exact statement was ‘There was no way he was… Read more »
jong
Guest

That to WHY? Bcoz Gen. Palparan is brave enough to face it all….