“It’s all in Esperon’s mind” – Miranda et al
Photos of yesterday’s hearing in Camp Capinpin in Tanay. Captions below. Take note of the barbed wire that surrounds the court building. Akala mo Myanmar!
By Victor Reyes
Officers linked to last year’s failed power grab yesterday said the recent reports of attempts to destabilize the Arroyo government were concocted by the military leadership to justify the coup rumors they themselves floated.
In a statement, the officers said the revelation of Armed Forces chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr. about the supposed plan is nothing but a psychological strategy to suppress what they said were the “voices of truth.”
The statement was released to mediamen who covered the resumption of the court martial proceedings against the accused, who are led by former Marine commandant Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda and former Scout Ranger commander Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim.
The officers they were not aware of any information to destabilize the government, particularly on initial six junior officers who are allegedly recruiting officers and men for the latest destabilization plot,“unless they substantiate their disclosure with names.”
Esperon has said that apart from junior officers, there are also “dismissed officers” who are involved in the recruitment. The “dismissed officers”, he said, were also linked to last year’s failed power grab.
“A statement like this is paranoid (sic), a psywar to threaten and manipulate our soldiers (relief/reassignment without due process) to conform to their own destabilization to further greed for power and exploit this country,” the officers said.
The Marine and Army officers also said that it is government which is destabilizing itself as evidenced by the “scandals and cover-ups” that is going on. “Destabilization is of their own doing,” the officers also said in the statement.
“It is the entire society that has become the mere spectator in the arena of scandals and corruption. The military is but part of the society. This is the battle of the heart, of values, of good versus evil.Good men should rise up and be counted,” they added.
“The Armed Forces leadership has now become the permanent vehicle to suppress voices of truth which can indeed be contagious. Every so often, it serves the AFP leadership to hound Malacanang with the specter of the bogeyman,” they also said.
The detained officers also said that majority of the officers and men share their sentiments about the need to “restore the dignity and respect our institution (the military establishment) as vanguards of democracy.”
They also took a dig at Esperon, who had been mentioned in the controversial Hello Garci tapes as among the generals who allegedly helped in rigging the results of the 2004 presidential elections to ensure President Arroyo’s victory.
“Active/passive participation in the electoral process, considered as the foundation of our democracy, by the military top brass is a violation that sworn oath which will forever haunt Esperon,” the officers said.
They also said that the high number of soldiers who helped send now resigned Lt (sg) Antonio Trillanes IV, one of the leaders of the short-lived Oakwood mutiny in July 2003, to the Senate is a “barometer.”]
“The high percentage of men in uniform who voted for the young Navy lieuntenant to the Senate is a good barometer. No one should be paranoid of the truth,” the officers also said, without elaborating on the “barometer”.
Meanwhile, wives of the officers gave mediamen – who were covering yesterday’s court martial proceedings in Camp Capinpin in Tanay, Rizal – t-shirts. Pictures of the acused, their names and words “The truth shall set us free” were printed on the front of the shirts.
Printed at the back was a statement titled “A few good men”.
1. This is not a scene in Burma/Myanmar. This is Esperon’s Camp Capinpin.
2.Brig. Gen. Danny Lim arriving alone for the trial without his bunkmate Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda who is seriously ill.
3. Lim and Col. Ariel Querubin, talking with one of the security officers.
4. Lt. Jacon Cordero, who turned 28 Friday. A son of Gen. Cordero, he is the youngest of the detained officers.
5. Supporting their fathers: Mazenith Cordero, wife of Lt. Cordero with son three-year olf son, Jazen; Val Querubin, son of Col. Ariel Querubin; Ann Fernandez, wife of Major Francisco Fernandez and son, Nico. At the background is Mrs. Mayette Fernandez.
6. Capt. Dante Langkit, Capt. Ruben Guinolbay; Maj. Jason Aquino; Maj. Jose Leomar Doctolero; Capt. Joey Fontiveros (he is under medical treatment).