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Ex-Marines chief allowed out of jail to visit ailing wife

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:07:00 05/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Former Ex-Marines chief Major General Renato Miranda, who is facing court martial for an alleged coup plot in February 2006, was allowed to leave detention Monday to visit his wife, who is stricken with breast cancer, a spokesman for the Philippine Navy said.

In approving Miranda’s request to visit his wife, Delia, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lieutenant General Alexander Yano also placed him under the custody of the Navy Flag Officer-in-Command, Vice Admiral Rogelio Calunsag, said Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Arevalo.

“The request was approved for humanitarian considerations…He will be provided with [security] escorts,” Arevalo told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

Miranda’s wife underwent surgery at a hospital in Calamba City, Laguna province last Saturday to remove a lump on her breast.

The former Marine commandant is detained at the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) compound in Camp Aguinaldo.

He is among 28 Army Scout Ranger and Marine officers who were charged with mutiny and other violations of the Articles of War for allegedly plotting to lead soldiers in a withdrawal of support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on allegations of election fraud.

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Written by joelguinto

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