Querubin to avail of amnesty

ANOTHER high-ranking rebel soldier has decided to avail the amnesty being offered by the administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, who was implicated in a foiled coup attempt against the Arroyo administration in 2006 made the decision to avail of the amnesty offer after a military tribunal has junked his motion to dismiss the mutiny charges filed against him.

“The reason why I was holding my intention or decision to apply for amnesty that I didn’t want to prejudice in the case, but now they are already cleared,” Querubin said in a text message to this reporter.

Querubin, who also ran for senator in last year’s May 2010 national elections added: “It’s high time to apply amnesty so I can formally apply for retirement and for us to move on.”

But his co-accused, former Scout Ranger chief Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, refused to avail of the amnesty.

“I have no plan to avail of the amnesty in its present form… if I admit guilt, as I said in the past, that’s tantamount to exonorating the past administration of it’s so many sins,” Lim said in a chance interview after the court martial in Camp Aguinaldo.

The former scout ranger chief maintained that the mutiny charges were without basis, noting that the pre-trial investigation found no basis to charge them. Anthony Vargas


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