Saturday, November 28, 2009

Santiago seeks new mandate; Lim eyes Senate

by Joel E. Zurbano

SENATOR Miriam Defensor-Santiago and detained Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim filed their certificates of candidacy before the Commission on Elections yesterday.

Lim said he was running for a Senate seat as an independent, despite having been adopted by the Liberal Party.

“I have served the military for more than 36 years and throughout my 36 years, I have been consistent in advocating reforms. It got me into trouble a lot of times,” Lim said.

“But my military career is behind me now. This is now my alter arena. It’s the continuation of the same advocacies, same struggle for nationalism, reforms and good governance in another arena,” he said.

Lim is facing rebellion charges in connection with the November 2007 standoff at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, as well as mutiny before a military court for his part in a botched coup attempt in February 2006.

While Santiago has filed her candidacy under her own People’s Reform Party, she will be a guest candidate of the Nacionalista Party, United Oppositions and Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino.

In the run-up to the 2010 polls, the Comelec said a number of areas could be declared as “hot spots.”

“There were initial reports relayed to us by Comelec officials all over the Philippines about areas where there were concerns about security,” Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said.

Once the Comelec en banc has made a decision, the poll body will name the areas to be declared as hot spots. The commission is in coordination with the National Police regarding the security concerns of local officials, he said.


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