Ask Napoles to spell ‘forty’

Retired Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin remembers that when Jenny Napoles, the pork barrel queen who is now a fugitive, wrote a check for forty thousand pesos for the interest of the money she owed his late first wife, Loretta (Cercenia), she didn’t know how to spell the word “forty.” “Ano nga ang spelling ng forty […]

August 15, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption  40 Comments

Giving thanks for small blessings

Y0u have to admire these principled officers for keeping the faith, for looking at the glass as half-full, rather than half-empty, as they take calmly the latest setback in their mutiny case that had its origin in their resistance to the use by Gloria Arroyo of the military to thwart the will of the people […]

September 28, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Military  27 Comments

Seven cleared of mutiny charges; Miranda, Lim, Querubin’s motion denied

by Victor Reyes Malaya A jmilitary tribunal yesterday cleared seven military officers of the charge of mutiny filed against them in connection with the alleged plot to overthrow the Arroyo administration in February 2006 but sustained the charge against nine other accused. Cleared were Col. Orlando de Leon, Lt. Col. Marine Achilles Segumalian, Lt. Col. […]

September 28, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Military  4 Comments

Military court to decide fate of 16 officers in mutiny charge

By Tessa Jamandre VERA Files A military court will decide today on the plea—twice denied under the government of former President Gloria Arroyo—to exonerate 16 military officers facing mutiny charges for a supposed plot against her in 2006. Update: The court yesterday set another hearing on Sept. 24 for promulgation of this case. The hearing […]

September 9, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Military, Vera Files  43 Comments

Tanay prison mute witness to soldiers’ family milestones

By Tessa Jamandre VERA Files TANAY, Rizal.—Some of the Armed Forces’ most promising officers spent years in detention here, inside a high-fenced, heavily guarded facility within Camp Capinpin, the isolated military outpost east of Metro Manila. The prison became the setting for some of the soldiers’ hardest and loneliest days, and it was also where […]

July 31, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: Feb '06, Military  8 Comments

Unfinished business: Coup and mutiny cases

Update: Col. Querubin was released this afternoon. An AFP statement quoted AFP Chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo David as saying “ Brig. Gen. Reynaldo Ordoñez will take full charge and responsibility for the custody of ex-Marine colonel Querubin and that of his production when so required by the court. He is also directed with utmost diligence […]

July 28, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Magdalo, Military  33 Comments

VERA Files video: court martial face-off

by Tessa Jamandre VERA Files The mutiny case against the 28 officers in connection with the alleged February 2006 plot to withdraw support from President Gloria Arroyo is on its final stretch. The prosecution presented on Wednesday its last and most important witness. Presidential Management Staff chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr., who was Armed Forces Chief […]

September 24, 2009  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Military  42 Comments

Two hearings

Last Thursday, while former Armed Forces Chief Generoso Senga, now ambassador to Iran, was testifying at a court martial trial in Camp Aguinaldo on the stirrings in the military in February 2006, members of the Magdalo group were at the Commission on Election for a hearing on their application for accreditation of Magdalo Para sa […]

September 6, 2009  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: elections2010, Malaya  18 Comments

Prosecution witness favors defendants

Former Flag-officer-in-command Mateo Mayuga was the only witness presented by the prosecution yesterday in the mutiny case against 28 officers implicated in the alleged plan to withdraw support from Gloria Arroyo in February 2006. Mayuga’s testimony however favored the defendants. Mayuga, who is more known for the “Mayuga report”- an investigation of the participation of […]

July 17, 2009  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Feb '06, Foreign Affairs, Hello Garci scandal, Military, NBN/ZTE  28 Comments

Querubin registers as voter in La Union

Early this morning, with the permission of AFP Chief Victor Ibrado, Col. Ariel Querubin traveled to La Union to register as a voter in preparation for his bid for a Senate seat in the 2010 election. Take note of the streamer with Capt. Dante Langkit, who was also allowed to travel to his hometown in […]

May 13, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Feb '06, Foreign Affairs, Military  66 Comments