Faeldon asks AFP chief for provisional liberty

December 30, 2010 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – Oakwood mutiny leader Capt. Nicanor Faeldon has asked AFP chief Gen. Ricardo David to release him from detention at the Marine headquarters to the custody of a superior officer.

Faeldon made the request through his lawyer, Trixie Angeles, shortly after he posted P200,000 for the coup d etat and rebellion cases he faced before Makati City courts.

Vice President Jejomar Binay provided the amount.

Shortly after posting bail, Angeles proceeded to Camp Aguinaldo where she submitted the request of Faeldon to be released to the custody of Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban, the commander of the AFP's Western Command.

Faeldon surrendered to Sabban last July after going into hiding for a couple of years. Faeldon escaped after taking part in the November 2007 siege of the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Angeles said David promised to act on the request of Faeldon. However, Angeles said that for purposes of documentation, David awaited a recommendation from the Judge Advocate General’s Office, whose head is Brig. Gen. Gilberto Roa.

“In fairness to Gen. David, he was not dragging his feet on the case,” Angeles said of the AFP chief.

Faeldon is among those covered by the amnesty issued by President Aquino.

But Angeles said they would have to study whether Faeldon should avail of the program due to the amnesty’s provision of requiring applicants to admit their guilt.(PNA) RMA/VR

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