Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Binay shoulders Faeldon's bail — spokesman

(Updated 10:57 p.m.) Vice President Jejomar Binay has paid for the bail of alleged mutineer Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon, the former Makati mayor’s spokesman said Tuesday. 

Joey Salgado, however, could not cite the reason for Binay’s action, saying Binay and Faeldon were not close with each other.

“As far as I know they haven’t met personally," Salgado told GMANews.TV in a text message.

He said he was not privy about the posting of Faeldon’s bail.

The Makati Regional Trial Court branch 148 had earlier allowed Faeldon to post bail, but Faeldon said he couldn’t afford the P100,000 needed for his temporary freedom.

GMANews.TV tried reaching Faeldon’s lawyer, Trixie Cruz-Angeles, but her phone was turned off.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta was meanwhile quoted in a dzBB report as saying that Faeldon still cannot be released from jail even if he posts bail.

Mabanta said that Faeldon cannot be freed because the alleged mutineer has pending cases before the military court. 

Faeldon is facing trial before civilian and military courts for allegedly participating in two attempts to overthrow the Arroyo administration, one in July 2003 and another in November 2007, both in Makati City.

Binay was mayor of Makati City at the time of the two incidents. - Kimberly Jane Tan/KBK/JV, GMANews.TV

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