P1M reward put up for arrest of Faeldon
President Arroyo on Saturday has approved a P1 million reward for the capture of a fugitive military officer involved in Thursday’s failed rebellion in Makati City.
According to information sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) public information office Mrs. Arroyo approved the recommendation of PNP chief
Director General Avelino Razon Jr. for the offer of P1 million for information that will lead to the arrest of Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon.
“We expect that the reward offer will encourage people in the community to provide us with information that will lead to the early arrest of persons involved,” Razon said.
The information sent by police said P1 million will be given to any person who will provide any information that will lead to the arrest of Faeldon.
Faeldon was among the Magdalo officers who walked out of a Makati Regional Trial Court hearing before noon Thursday along with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim. Lim who was charged in a separate trial in relation to the aborted mutinous action last Feb. 2006 stood as a witness in the Makati court hearing.
Faeldon joined the march in Makati led by Trillanes and Lim and other armed members of the Magdalo group along with some civilians after which they holed up inside The Peninsula Manila hotel.
Trillanes and Lim called for the people and the military to withdraw support from President Arroyo and also asked Mrs. Arroyo to step down.
After a six-hour standoff police and military forces started to storm the hotel and Trillanes and Lim eventually surrendered peacefully.
Faeldon and other unidentified members of the Magdalo group however were able to escape.
Faeldon was among the junior officers who stormed and took over Oakwood Premier Hotel in Makati City in 2003. He escaped from military detention last Dec. 14, 2005 and rearrested a month after.
He was known for his elusiveness after claiming that he visited three military and police camps — Western Command headquarters in Puerto Princesa City, Southern Command in Zamboanga City and the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City — while an inter-agency task force was hunting him down.
Faeldon posted pictures and videos on his Web site www.pilipino.org.ph taken inside the three camps to prove his claims. The site has been dismantled by the government.