MANILA, Philippines - Former Philippine Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, who is still facing charges in civilian and military courts, has been granted temporary liberty after posting bail on Monday.
This was after the Armed Forces' chief approved his request that he be placed under the custody of another military officer.
The Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150, where Lim is facing rebellion charges, issued the release order after Lim posted bail Monday afternoon.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit also approved the grant of temporary liberty to Lim, paving the way for his provisional release.
Lim was ordered placed under the custody Brig. Gen. Reynaldo Ordoñez, AFP Philippine Defense Reform office chief.
Lim was released 5:35 p.m. from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City after proper custodial procedures and medical examination were conducted.
Lim was under detention for more than 4 years
Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos, AFP public affairs office chief, said Lim asked Bangit, through a letter, that he be given temporary liberty and placed under the custody of Ordoñez.
Bangit reportedly approved the request through a memorandum, on condition that Lim would still face charges filed against him in military courts.
Lim entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and would have been batch mates of Bangit and Ordoñez in PMA Class '78. But Lim was sent to the US Military Academy in West Point in New York where he graduated.
Lim was deemed resigned from active military service when he filed late 2009 his certificate of candidacy for senator in the May 2010 elections.
Lim ran as an independent candidate, but was adopted as a guest candidate by the camps of president-apparent Benigno Aquino III of the Liberal Party and former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).
Lim, however, did not make it to the top 12 senatorial candidates.
Lim, however, still faces a charge of violation of Article 67 [mutiny] of the Articles of War in relation to a supposed plan to grab power last February 2006. His co-accused in the 2006 case include former Marine commandant Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda and former Marine Col. Ariel Querubin.
Lim is also charged with violation of Articles of War 63 (disrespect to the President), 96 (conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman), 97 (conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline), and 70 (escape from confinement).
The charges are in connection with the November 2007 incident in Makati City where he and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV walked out of a court hearing on the coup d’etat charges against Trillanes and other detained members of the Magdalo group.
They marched and holed up in The Peninsula Manila Hotel with some civilian supporters. Lim, during the standoff, read a statement withdrawing support from President Arroyo. Lim, Trillanes and their followers later surrendered to the police and military after the failed military adventure.
Lim is also facing a rebellion charge before a Makati RTC Branch 150 in connection with the November 2007 standoff. Lim and his co-accused in the case had been allowed to post bail as early February. With a report from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News.