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Faeldon limited to ‘propaganda’–military spokesman

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:22:00 04/17/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Fugitive Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon has been limited to “propaganda,” a military spokesman said Thursday, as he dismissed the threats made by the rebel soldier purportedly in a television interview.

“In terms of military action, we don’t believe he is capable of doing that. We believe [he] doesn’t have the capability, but in terms of propaganda, [he] can continue even while in hiding,” Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

Faeldon’s lawyer, Trixie Cruz-Angeles, has denied that it was her client’s voice on the tape. The man who claimed to be the fugitive Marine officer criticized his nine former comrades who have sought presidential pardon and Senator Gregorio Honasan for siding with the government.

Asked why it was taking long for security forces to capture Faeldon,
Bacarro said: “If you are in hiding, your end state is not to be caught, but efforts are ongoing [to arrest Faeldon].”

Bacarro added that the military has not validated whether the voice on the ABS-CBN tape was that of Faeldon.

“There are other ways of validating… not only through the voice, there would be other information that maybe our operatives on the field would know,” Bacarro said.

Angeles had said that the voice on the tape, which had a Visayan accent, did not sound like her client, who hails from the northern province of Batanes.

Faeldon evaded arrest during the siege by rebel soldiers, led by former Navy Lieutenant-turned-Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, on the Manila Peninsula Hotel in the Makati financial district on Nov. 29, 2007, to demand the resignation of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over corruption allegations.

The rebel soldiers stormed the Manila Peninsula after walking out on their coup d’etat hearing over an uprising in 2003. They were charged with rebellion over the November 2007 siege.

The same band of rebel soldiers took over the former Oakwood luxury apartments, also in Makati, on July 27, 2003, over the same demand –Arroyo’s resignation.

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Faeldon to continue fight vs ‘illegitimate’ gov’t–lawyer

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:01:00 04/17/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Fugitive Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon said he would “never give up the fight” and would not surrender to the “illegitimate” government of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has been accused of alleged cheating in the 2004 elections.

Speaking through his lawyer, Trixie Cruz-Angeles, Faeldon said: “I will never give up the fight.”

“I will not be judged by a criminal syndicate masquerading as government,” Angeles said in a phone interview.

Angeles said Faeldon relayed the message in a conversation she had with him before the supposed interview over ABS-CBN. She refused to elaborate how she contacted her client, citing security reasons.

The rebel junior officer, who is facing charges over failed uprisings in 2003 and 2007, also said that he would continue his civil disobedience campaign to force Arroyo from power.

Angeles said Faeldon was setting the example for civil disobedience by remaining on the run.

Faeldon escaped during the siege on the Manila Peninsula Hotel in the Makati financial district last Nov. 29, 2007. The band of rebel junior officers who called themselves Magdalo was behind the short-lived rebellion.

The same group was also behind the siege on the former Oakwood luxury apartments also in Makati on July 27, 2003. The two uprisings were in protest of alleged corruption in government.

“While he [Faeldon] is willing to take responsibility for any and all of his actions, he will not allow an illegitimate authority to exercise power over him,” Angeles said in a statement.

Asked what Faeldon was referring to when he described the government as illegitimate, Angeles said it was the wiretapping scandal that exposed alleged cheating operations in the 2004 elections.

Angeles also reiterated her appeal to media not to be taken in by callers claiming to be her client.

On Monday, ABS-CBN television aired a voice tape, supposedly that of Faeldon, wherein he criticized his comrades who have sought pardon from, and Senator Gregorio Honasan for siding with the Arroyo government.

Angeles said it was not her client’s voice on the tape.

“Without discounting the possibility that some of these calls may be genuine, I would advise caution in dealing with such calls as the media personnel delivering the callers’ message may become unwitting distributors of manufactured lies calculated to sow confusion and divisiveness,” she said.

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