cory on her way to marines hq

Former president Corazon Aquino is now on her way to the Philippine Marines headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

In a telephone interview with GMA-7 radio station dzBB, Aquino said she was on her way there with 20 to 25 people, including Teddy Boy Locsin, Butch Abad and Etta Rosales.

Asked why she was going to Fort Bonifacio, Aquino said she believes in "prayer power." "A lot of us need to be praying tonight," she said, for the peaceful resolution of this situation.

Aquino said she did not know if she would be allowed to enter Fort Bonifacio, since civilians are being driven away from the camp.

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querubin calls for people power

Querubin to public:
'Protect us from aggression'

By Joel Francis Guinto

A MARINE Colonel implicated in the alleged thwarted plot to unseat President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called on the public on Sunday to come to Marine headquarters in Fort Bonifacio to "protect us from aggression."

"I will wait for the people to come here and protect us from aggression," Colonel Ariel Querubin told ANC television.

Querubin said he would be holed up at the Marine Corps headquarters to show support for his former commandant, Major General Renato Miranda, who was relieved upon his request on Sunday.

When asked about the alleged threats of aggression, Querubin said, "I don't know, but I expect that to happen."

Querubin also confirmed that he planned to join street protests last Friday and that he planned to bring along a "majority" of the 400-strong Marine officer corps.

The Marine colonel said he would join protests so that efforts to oust President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo "will not turn bloody." He said Miranda tried to dissuade them from doing so.

"We were prevailed upon by General Miranda," he said.

The military had claimed that the street protests last Friday were meant to pressure Military Chief General Generoso Senga to withdraw support from Arroyo, who remains hounded by allegations of electoral fraud.

Another officer, Army Brigadier General Danilo Lim, has been placed under house arrest and relieved as commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment also for allegedly pressuring Senga to turn against the President.

Querubin calls for ‘people power’
to support relieved Marines chief

By Alcuin Papa Inquirer

Marines Colonel Ariel Querubin on Sunday called for “people power” to protest the relief of Marine commandant Major General Renato Miranda.

Querubin, commander of a Marine brigade based in Lanao del Sur said his act was not a withdrawal of support from the chain of command but to show solidarity to Major General Miranda.

Querubin said he would be staying at the Chapel of the Marines Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.

Miranda was relieved from his post early Sunday afternoon at his request for "personal reasons."

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marine chief relieved at his request

Marine chief relieved at his request

By Joel Francis Guinto

THE COMMANDANT of the battle-tested Philippine Marine Corps, Major General Renato Miranda, was granted relief from his post on Sunday due to "personal reasons," officials said.

Miranda personally asked for his relief during a meeting with his immediate superior, Navy Chief Vice Admiral Mateo Mayuga, at Navy Headquarters along Roxas Boulevard in Manila Sunday afternoon, Navy spokesman Captain Geronimo Malabanan said.

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rp ambassador to us says gov’t to uphold rights

Gov't will uphold human rights
despite emergency rule–envoy

WASHINGTON–The Philippines will uphold human rights and the rule of law despite emergency rule imposed in the Southeast Asian archipelago to quell an alleged coup bid, its Washington envoy said Friday.

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday declared a "state of national emergency," invoking powers to use the military to quell a rebellion.

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