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40 jailed soldiers can’t be arraigned just yet — Esperon

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 05:04pm (Mla time) 10/11/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The fate of 40 Army enlisted men who are detained without charges over the botched February 2006 coup d’etat hangs, until their superiors, who are facing court martial, are arraigned on mutiny charges, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Thursday.

Esperon said a “good time” for military prosecutors to resolve the case of the 40 soldiers would be when the 28 Army Scout Ranger and Marine officers are finally arraigned.

Since the trial opened in December 2006, the 28 officers have not been arraigned after they repeatedly questioned the court’s legitimacy and rejected several panel presidents via a “peremptory challenge.”

“Do you discharge the enlisted personnel when the officers have not yet been arraigned?” Esperon told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

“A good timing would be to arraign the officers first and decide what punishment would be fit for the offenses committed by the enlisted personnel,” he said.

Addressing the accused officers, Esperon said: “Let the court be convened instead of coming up with these dilatory tactics, its more than a year so lets go to trial and let the truth come out.”

Many of the 40 enlisted men have been detained at Camp Capinpin in Tanay town, Rizal province as early as June 2006, at about the same time the 28 officers were bought to the said camp.

Esperon said the 40 soldiers were planning to join the botched mass withdrawal of support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on February 24, 2006, the 20th anniversary of the bloodless revolt that ousted the Ferdinand Marcos.

Former Army Scout Rangers chief Brigadier General Danilo Lim and Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin allegedly orchestrated the coup plot, with the knowledge of ex-Marine commandant Major General Renato Miranda.

Lim, Querubin, and Miranda lead the 28 accused officers.

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Despite ‘rebel’ role, Army promotes Sgt Pacquiao

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 04:39pm (Mla time) 10/11/2007

MANILA, Philippine — He may play a rebel in his upcoming movie, but boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, an Army reservist, was promoted to the next highest rank, a spokesman for the Philippine Army said Thursday.

Pacquiao was promoted to master sergeant from technical sergeant for “bringing distinct honor” to the Army and the country, after he defeated Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera again during their rematch in Las Vegas last Sunday via a unanimous decision, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr.

In his self-produced solo movie “Anak ng Kumander,” Pacquiao portrays a rebel. His co-star, sexy actress Ara Mina, plays a reporter covering the conflict.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. defended Pacquiao’s promotion, saying, “he deserved it.”

Esperon also said Pacquiao’s movie role would not affect his promotion.

“Well, let’s separate movies from real life. That’s purely acting,” the military chief told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

“That’s the fact of being in showbiz, sometimes you can be a very good person, but you are given a bad role… So don’t blame the guy for pursuing an artistic pursuit,” he said.

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