Lim appeals disqualification from Senate race


Posted at Dec 28 2009 10:41 PM | Updated as of Dec 29 2009 06:41 AM

Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV march towards Peninsula Manila hotel last November 2007

MANILA, Philippines - Detained former Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim on Monday submitted evidence seeking to reverse the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) decision disqualifying him from the Senate race next year.

An independent candidate, the poll body does not think Lim has the capacity to run a national elections.

However, Lim is a guest candidate of the Liberal Party, which is fielding senators Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III and Manuel 'Mar' Roxas II.

"The LP believes that the Comelec will reconsider its previous decision and allow Gen. Danny Lim to run for senator under the LP banner," said LP spokesman Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III.

"Based on the surveys, the LP believes Gen. Lim has a good chance of getting in the Magic 12," Tañada added.

Lim seeks to follow the success of former Philippine Navy Lt. Senior Grade and now Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in the 2007 senatorial elections.

Trillanes, who was also detained during the campaign period, relied on supporters as well as his network in military. He sought court clearance to allow him to attend sorties, but it was denied.

Lim is detained at the Camp Crame in Quezon City for rebellion charges and attempted coup d'etat.

In February 2006, Lim was linked to a failed people power revolt against the Arroyo administration.

In 2007, Lim and Trillanes walked out of their court trial in Makati City and took over the Manila Peninsula Hotel calling for the ouster of President Arroyo.