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Detained officers on new coup plot: ‘Paranoid psywar’

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 03:48pm (Mla time) 09/28/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The 28 officers facing court martial over the botched February 2006 coup dismissed as “paranoid psywar” Armed Forces Chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr.’s disclosure of an alleged fresh coup plot.

In a statement, the group said destabilization was the military’s own doing, after being implicated in election fraud and corruption allegations.

“[We have] no info [on the fresh plot], unless they substantiate their disclosure with names, a statement like this is paranoid, a psywar,” the group said.

The officers said they believed the “psywar” was meant to “threaten and manipulate our soldiers.”

The group also took a swipe at Esperon, and revived allegations linking him to alleged cheating operations in 2004, of which he had been cleared by a military fact-finding board.

“Active or passive participation in the electoral process, considered as the foundation of our democracy, by the military top brass is a violation that sworn oath which will forever haunt Esperon,” the group said.

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Lim blasts AFP for keeping Miranda from seeking treatment

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 03:11pm (Mla time) 09/28/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Army Brigadier General Danilo Lim, who is on trial for mutiny, accused the military of “playing god” for not allowing his co-accused, Marine Major General Renato Miranda, to seek treatment for potentially serious diabetes and high blood cholesterol, among other ailments.

“Some people are playing gods even when it comes to the health and lives of other people,” Lim said in a statement to reporters during a court martial hearing on their case.

“Major General Miranda [has been] sick [for] two weeks now. He has problem[s] with his sugar level and cholesterol count,” Lim, former commander of the elite 1st Scout Ranger Regiment, said.

He said Miranda collapsed in the bathroom of his detention cell last week and almost banged his head to the floor.

“He wanted to go to the hospital but [the Armed Forces] wouldn’t allow him,” Lim said.

He said a certain Colonel Torellavega, the head of the 2nd Infantry Division hospital in Tanay, Rizal, where the two generals and other officers co-accused with them are detained, informed Camp Aguinaldo commander Brigadier General Alfred Cayton of Miranda’s request for hospitalization.

However, Cayton reportedly rejected the request, allegedly saying the Marine general was a “security risk.”

“Miranda’s serious medical needs are not being attended to. He could collapse again anytime or go into coma due to hypoglycemia,” Lim said.

The Army general issued a similar statement in court, to which the court martial president, Major General Jogy Leo Fojas, responded saying they would coordinate with Armed Forces chief of staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr., so Miranda is given the medical attention he needs.

Miranda, Esperon and virtually the whole general staff of the Armed Forces are “mistahs” from the Philippine Military Academy’s class of 1974.

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Esperon on coup plotters’ shirts: Families trying to be cute

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By Joel Guinto

Last updated 12:53pm (Mla time) 09/28/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Military Chief General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. has dismissed as propaganda the plan of families of officers linked to the February 2006 botched coup to sell t-shirts, with their pictures and a slogan printed on them.

“Wala lahat ang pa-cute na propaganda na yan [All their attempts at trying to be cute with their propaganda will amount to nothing]. Bottomline is they are destabilizers whose only aim is to grab power,” Esperon said Friday through his spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro.

“The national interest for peace, stability and progress are farthest from their aspirations,” Esperon added.

The wives and children of the 28 Army Scout Ranger and Marine officers wore the shirts during a hearing on their mutiny case in Tanay town, Rizal province on Friday.

Printed on the shirts are the words “a few good men.”

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Kin of jailed coup plotters dramatize support with shirts

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 11:16am (Mla time) 09/28/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The families of 28 officers facing court martial over the botched 2006 plot to topple the Arroyo government showed their support by wearing t-shirts bearing the faces of the accused at Friday’s hearing of their case by a military court in Rizal province.

Aside from the officers’ pictures in front of the t-shirts, printed at the back were the words:

“Our nation does not need orators who know just what to say. It does not need authorities to reason a way. But our nation needs just a few good men.”

“What our country needs today are men of will, who dare to go against the tyrants and oppressors.”

“Our country calls the one who has the strength to stand up for the truth, rise up and be counted”

The wife of accused Colonel Ariel Querubin, Maria Flor, said the shirts would be sold commercially at P250 each to pay for the renovation of the officers’ detention cell at Camp Capinpin in Tanay town.

“We are still negotiating for stores to sell it for us, will inform you about it the moment it’s finalized,” Mrs. Querubin said in a text message.

The accused, led by Querubin and Brigadier General Danilo Lim, ex-Army Scout Rangers chief, allegedly planned a withdrawal of support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Feb. 24, 2006, the 20th anniversary of a military-backed popular revolt that ousted then president Ferdinand Marcos.

Querubin also led a standoff at the Marine headquarters two days later, on February 26, to protest the sudden relief of Major General Renato Miranda as Marine commandant.

Miranda allegedly knew of the supposed coup plot.

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