MANILA, Philippines - The ex-rebel who once planned a protest trip to Panatag Shoal is steering clear of the spat between his colleagues in the military.
Former Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon refused to take sides between Senator Antonio Trillanes and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, saying each one has made his point in the country’s dispute with China.
He said he is preoccupied with various advocacies these days.
Faeldon and Trillanes were two of the leaders of the failed Oakwood mutiny in 2003. Like Trillanes, he was given amnesty years later by the Aquino government.
In May, Faeldon and a group of fishermen planned a “patriotic voyage” to the Panatag Shoal, only to be stopped by the government because of heavy criticisms from China.
Faeldon said he is still closely following the developments concerning the country’s maritime dispute with China.
While he does not see any problems with backchannel negotiations, he said the government’s solution to the problem is not clear yet.
Faeldon, nonetheless, stressed he is satisfied with the efforts of the government to institute reforms.
He said he would rather remain an observer and help in other ways, which is why he will not run for any public office in 2013.
He said he doesn’t even want a position in the Cabinet, saying he had to turn down several offers from the Aquino administration. – with reports from Zen Hernandez, ABS-CBN News