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Faeldon ‘ready to die’ for ‘vision’

By Joel Guinto
First Posted 12:45:00 05/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) Fugitive Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon said he was prepared to die in the pursuit of his “vision” to arouse “national consciousness.”

Faeldon surfaced on the popular video sharing website YouTube almost six months after he eluded arrest during a failed uprising by rebel soldiers on November 29 last year.

He is shown in what appear to be four interviews, all undated. The videos’ timestamps show they were posted on May 5.

“It’s about setting your mind for the worst case scenario, which is I can be killed. If you’re too dangerous, if your ideas [are] too strong against theirs, papatayin ka nila [they will kill you],” he said.

“You have to create national consciousness among the majority of the people, national consciousness is achieving unity,” he said. “This is a situation where the Filipino people have agreed and united behind ideas and aspirations.”

Faeldon was answering questions from an interviewer with a male-sounding voice, whose face was not shown in the video. The Marine officer was in camouflage uniform, standing in front of a white curtain.

“That’s really him, and that has been his message ever since. We had to validate first, and it’s confirmed,” Faeldon’s lawyer, Trixie Cruz-Angeles said in a text message, when sought for comment.

But Angeles said she did not know when the video was made. “I can only go by his appearance. His hair is a little longer than when he left. Otherwise, I have no idea.”

By “left,” Angeles was referring to when Faeldon slipped away during the November 29, 2007 occupation of the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati by junior officers belonging to the Magdalo group led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and former Scout Rangers commander Brigadier General Danilo Lim.

They have been charged with rebellion for this incident.

The Magdalo was also behind the occupation of the former Oakwood luxury apartments on July 27, 2003, for which they were charged with coup d’etat.

Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr. declined to comment on the Faeldon video clips, saying he has not viewed them.

When asked by the interviewer, Faeldon said he would not accept a pardon from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo if it were offered to him because her victory in the 2004 elections remains in doubt amid allegations of vote-rigging.

“In the first place I do not believe she has that authority to pardon me because, as far as I believe, she has no mandate. She is not the president,” he said.

“I never consider her as my commander-in-chief, so she has no right to give pardon to me or to anyone,” he said.

Faeldon first escaped in December 2005 but was recaptured the following month. While on the run, he launched a civil disobedience campaign to press for Arroyo’s resignation.

He also warned that restiveness within the ranks persisted.

“As long as they can see, the soldiers can see irregularities in the government, in the Armed Forces, it [restiveness] will remain,” he said.

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Written by joelguinto

MonUTC2008-05-26T08:03:01+00:00UTC05bUTCMon, 26 May 2008 08:03:01 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am05

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