The following are just some of Gen. Jovito Palparan’s “quotable quotes” mentioned in the Melo Commission Report… Why do I suddenly see images of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Genghis Khan flashing in my mind? 😦

Potential vigilante style actions by anti-communist elements outside the military organization cannot be stopped completely and the killing of activists are necessary incidents to conflict.

I cannot order my soldiers to kill, it’s their judgment call, they can do it on their own.

The killings are being attributed to me but I did not kill them, I just inspire the trigger men.

Their (three students doing research work outside Manila and who disappeared) disappearance is good for us but as to who abducted them we don’t know.

…wage the ongoing counter-insurgency… by “neutralizing” not just armed rebels but also a web of alleged front organizations that include leftist political parties, human rights and women’s organizations, even lawyers and members of the clergy.

My order to my soldiers is that, if they are certain that there are armed rebels in the house or yard, shoot them. It will just be too bad if civilians are killed in the process. We are sorry if you are killed in the crossfire.

There would be some collateral damage, but it will be short and tolerable. The enemy would blow it up as a massive violation of human rights. But to me, it would just be necessary incidents.

Sorry na lang kung may madamay na civilian… The death of civilians and local officials were ‘small sacrifices’ brought about by the military’s anti-insurgency campaign.

I encourage people victimized by communist rebels to get even.

How apt that the Melo Commission chose to end their report with another quote, this time from the Book of Wisdom: THE MIGHTY SHALL BE MIGHTILY PUT TO THE TEST.


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