Philippines doubles bounty on fugitive ex-general

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Posted: Jan 05, 2012 4:03 AM
Philippines doubles bounty on fugitive ex-general

The Philippine government has doubled to 1 million pesos ($23,200) the reward for the capture of a former army general accused of kidnapping two left-wing student activists.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Thursday the bounty will be given to anyone with "significant information" that will lead to the arrest of former Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan.

Palparan is charged with kidnapping Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006. They remain missing. Palparan has retired and has denied involvement in their disappearance.

A fact-finding commission that investigated extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations has named Palparan as one of the military commanders who could be held responsible. Palparan has called the allegations communist propaganda.