Makati court allows Faeldon to post bail

December 30, 2010 11:23 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 30 — A Makati City court on Thursday granted the petition of Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon to post bail in connection with his rebellion case for his alleged involvement in the November 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Judge Elmo Alameda granted Faeldon's “very urgent motion to set bail” and issued a release order after Faeldon posted a P100,000 cash bond.

In granting Faeldon’s motion, the court took cognizance of the legal effect of the grant of amnesty to the participants of military uprisings, including the Manila Peninsula incident, by President Benigno S. Aquino III and the concurrence thereto by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“Once Capt. Faeldon will qualify on the basis of the amnesty guidelines drafted by the Department of National Defense, the amnesty will abolish, obliterate and put into oblivion the offense of rebellion that Capt. Faeldon will stand before the law as though he had committed no offense. Obviously, the amnesty will render the instant case moot," the court said.

According to Faeldon’s lawyer Trixie Angeles,that she expected her client to be out of the Marines “brig” (naval term for jail) in Fort Bonifacio either Thursday or Friday. She added that prosecution did not offer any objection to Faeldon’s motion to post bail.

Earlier this week, Faeldon was also allowed to post bail by Makati Judge Oscar Pimentel in connection with the coup d’etat case for filed against him for his alleged involvement in Oakwood mutiny.

Faeldon was one of more than 300 junior officers and military men who took part in the short-lived Oakwood Mutiny in 2003.

Faeldon faces trial before civilian and military courts for allegedly participating in two attempts to overthrow the Arroyo administration: the July 2003 Oakwood Mutiny and the November 2007 siege of Manila Peninsula Hotel, both in Makati City.

He was detained after the Oakwood Premiere (now Ascott hotel) takeover but escaped on Dec. 14, 2005 but was recaptured in Jan. 27, 2006.

Faeldon escaped authorities during the height of the Manila Peninsula siege on Nov. 29, 2007, where he, recently freed Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, former Scout Ranger chief Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, and 25 other soldiers walked out of their trial and marched through the streets of Makati City, called for the ouster of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and seized the second floor of the posh hotel along Ayala Avenue.

Prior to that, he escaped from military custody in December 2005 after attending a court hearing, but was subsequently arrested by military intelligence agents a month later in Malabon in the company of military prosecutor Capt. Candelaria Rivas.

He again escaped, along with three leaders of the Magdalo group, during the Peninsula Manila takeover on Nov. 29, 2007. He then surfaced and surrendered to the military on July 7, 2010.(PNA) RMA/CLTC


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