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Faeldon dares AFP, PNP chiefs to expose ills of gov’t

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:35:00 02/29/2008

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) Fugitive Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon dared the chiefs of the military and the police to break from their commander-in-chief and expose alleged wrongdoings in government, as he reiterated his call for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to resign.

“Hinahamon ko si Heneral Esperon at si Ginoong Razon: Kung totoong ayaw ninyong babuyin ng mga pulitiko ang military at pulisya, itigil ninyo ang pagpapagamit kay Arroyo [I challenge General Esperon and Mister Razon: If you don’t want politicians to make a mockery of the military and the police, stop allowing Arroyo to use you],” Faeldon said in a handwritten statement.

Saying it was “not too late to serve the country,” Faeldon dared Armed Forces chief General Hermogenes Esperon Jr. and National Police Director General Avelino Razon Jr. to testify before legislative inquiries.

Faeldon’s lawyer, Trixie Cruz-Angeles, released the statement. She said he has confirmed with the rebel junior officer’s family that the statement came from him. Angeles added the handwriting also appeared to be that of her client.

“Si Arroyo ay hindi ang gobyerno. Ang mga lumalaban sa kanya ay hindi kaaway ng tao, kundi kaaway ng mga magnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan [Arroyo is not the government. Those who oppose her are not enemies of the people, but rather enemies of those who steal from public coffers],” Faeldon said.

“Huwag ninyong ipagpilitan na ang chain of command ay natatapos kay Arroyo [Don’t insist that the chain of command ends with Aroyo],” he said.

“Ngayon, inuulit ko, dapat na bumaba sa pwesto ang pekeng pangulo o paalisin sa mapayapang paraan [I reiterate my call to the fake president to step down, or be ousted through peaceful means],” he said.

Faeldon also hinted that soldiers would join calls for Arroyo to resign over allegations of massive corruption in her administration to which she herself was recently directly implicated .

“Ang mga sundalo ay sumusunod lamang sa mga sibilyan. Makakaasa ang Pilipino, marami pang sundalong nagsisilbi sa bayan. Ipagtatanggol namin kayo at ang ating demokrasya [The soldiers merely obey the civilians. The Filipino can rest assured, many soldiers still serve the people. We will defend you and our democracy],” he said.

The elusive officer has been the subject of a manhunt since he slipped past a government cordon around the Manila Peninsula hotel in Makati City, which renegade troops occupied in late November last year in a failed uprising.

He was also involved in a short-lived uprising, dubbed the Oakwood mutiny on July 27, 2003.

Angeles said the statement only proved that “he [Faeldon] is alive and he can communicate,” although she could not confirm the officer’s condition.

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Written by joelguinto

Fri+00:002008-02-29T13:49:21+00:00+00:0002b+00:00Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:49:21 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 pm02

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