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

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
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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