MANILA - Detained Brigadier General Danilo Lim filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Friday morning.
"I would like to bring the people's awareness on corruption to a higher level, so that the issue of corruption will not be limited to one branch of the government," Lim told reporters.
The military general is detained under maximum security at the Camp Crame in Quezon City for rebellion charges and attempted coup d'etat.
In 2003, Lim joined then Navy lieutenant and now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and other young military officers in taking over the Oakwood Hotel in Makati City to air their grievances against the administration.
In 2007, the same group walked out of their court trial in Makati City and marched to the Manila Peninsula Hotel in the same city calling for the ouster of President Arroyo.
Like the 2007 senatorial campaign of Senator Trillanes, Lim may not be allowed to get out of detention to campaign. But Lim said he has supporters to do it for him. He has also been endorsed by Senators Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Lim said he will also maximize communication technology to reach out to Filipinos around the country.
"I'll be sending to the people my message of change, and my firm stand for truth and justice," he said.
Lim is a proficient user of social networking site Facebook, where he gathers supporters and presents his political agenda.
LP guest candidate
Lim is running as independent candidate although he has been adopted as a guest candidate by the Liberal Party. Lim originally intended to run under the the Magdalo Para Pagbabago, but Comelec denied the group's accreditation to become a political party.
Colleagues in the Magdalo Para sa Pagbabago group had also filed their certificates of candidacies.
Navy Lt. Senior Grade James Layug is running for congressman in Taguig City. Capt. Gary Alejano is running for mayor of Negros Occidental's Silay City. Lt. Ashley Asedillo is running for congressman of the first distrcit of Cebu.
Lim said his filing of CoC means he has taken off his badge in the military. He, however, said that he'll still face the rebellion charges pending before the court martial.
"I will continue to face the court martial panel. I hope that it will be resolved soon, but even if not, I'll still face the charges," said Lim.