Ex-military intel officer supports coup leader's bid

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2009 11:03 AM | Updated as of Sep 12 2009 07:03 PM

La Union Rep. Thomas Dumpit Jr., a retired military intelligence officer, has thrown his support for a detained mutineer's bid for senator in 2010.

"We need men with integrity in the Senate. Col. Ariel Querubin is a recipient of valor which is a reflection of his character so we need men like him with strong moral fiber in the Senate," Dumpit said.

Dumpit said Querubin's "rare and very special award" is proof of his good character, which makes him fit for public governance.

Aside from the medal of valor award, the detained mutineer also boasts a set of military awards, including a Distinguished Conduct Star, two Distinguished Service Star and seven Gold Cross Medals, in a social networking site's account.

Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon, a Liberal Party (LP) member, said in a statement that Querubin's intention to run for senator means "he has not given up the fight for good governances."

"But still stay within democratic processes and institutions," cautioned Biazon, son of Senator Rodolfo Biazon, also a former military officer.

Querubin, one of the leaders of the botched February 2006 military coup, is seeking to repeat another detained mutineer's successful bid in politics.

Lt. Sr. Grade Antonio Trillanes IV has never physically attended a single hearing in the upper chamber since being elected as senator in 2007.

Former Cavite Rep. Gilbert Remulla, spokesman of the Nacionalista Party, had recently disclosed that Querubin is among the aspirants being considered by the party for its senatorial ticket.

Another detained military official, Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, has also declared his intention to run for senator in 2010.

LP national chairman Franklin Drilon had said that their party is seeking an alliance with the Magdalo Group. He said Lim's possible inclusion into the LP ticket will be a big boost to the party's campaign in 2010.