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Col. Ariel Querubin Storms The Gates (UPDATED)

May 11, 2009


Cashiered Marine colonel Ariel Querubin in storming the gates, the electoral gates, that is, with YouTube, FaceBook and other new media platforms as his weapons of choice.

Exactly 365 days before the elections Querubin, still on trial for that failed revolt of Marines at Fort Bonifacio in 2006, used FaceBook to announce his decision to run for the Philippine Senate

Querubin thus follows the footsteps of Gregorio Honasan and Antonio Trillanes who’ve turned their guns into political political-cum-legislative plowshares for the socio-political reforms.

Querubin, holder the Medal of Valor, announced his bid saying that while he had  “no political pedigree, no political machinery and financial resources but I do have honor, principles and courage.”

His comrade in arms, jailed colonel  Danny Lim is also seen as a likely entrant in next year’s senatorial derby is also active on FaceBook, but in contrasting ways.

Lim selectively approves ‘add-me-as-friend requests’ while Querubin has done it wholesale with his FB page returning an error message that he already “has too many friends.”

Querubin also has aggressive presence on YouTube with the channel newly-populated with four video blog versions.

Scores of other political wannabees as storming the  new media gates and it bears close tracking if their political advocacies will gain traction among voters.

With the Internet’s ubiquitous presence in the minds of the new generation of Filipino voters one can only hope that this the Philippine political landscape will morph into a richer, and more intelligent world as the elections draw near.


Col. Querubin has just started a new FB page.

And here’s a message from him:

I have no doubt in my mind that the Lord has all the while been preparing me for public service. I was left for dead in 1989, and He allowed me to spring back to life. I have been imprisoned as a soldier, but I fully regained the honor and right to wear a soldier’s uniform after having been awarded the Medal of Valor in 2001. As my military career was very much back on track, I was again challenged to choose between right and wrong, between honor and injustice, between good and evil.

Even as we all work for a vibrant and prosperous Philippines, my dream is for every Filipino to enjoy the essence of freedom from poverty, fear, and injustice, to feel the tangible benefits of good governance, and to live comfortably in a society that fosters the unity of the family, protects human rights, and upholds the dignity of all.

I have not had an easy life. My life story has been replete with vivid encounters with injustice poverty, corruption, and war. These painful experiences have shaped this dream. I never succumbed to the lure of material wealth. The physical, mental, and emotional hardships have been painful, but I never sold my soul.

I am fully aware that some people would insist that men in uniform should stay away from politics; that we would serve best our nation if we were fighting wars in Mindanao; that we have no business in meddling with the affairs of the state as we have been formed and trained in the rudiments of war, and not in the civil service, much less in politics. I agree but that assumes that the people who have been entrusted with the public trust have been sincere, honest, and have been true to their pledges.

As a young soldier, armed with idealism and the fire of youth, I have offered my life to defend this country from ALL its enemies. I have suffered long and hard for the principles that I hold dearly. Many of my loved ones have suffered with me – maybe not physically, but certainly have shared in the misery and hardships that I have endured. The fire of idealism still burns in me, but I have been wiser not to engage fire with fire.

With a lot of circumspection, I have decided to run for the senate in 2010. I have no political pedigree. I have no political machinery. I have no financial resources. But I do have honor. I do have principles. I do have courage.

I believe I am ready to take on this new role, with your prayers and support this dream is not too far- fetched. It takes the collective effort of every member of this society to make things improve for a country in disarray… a country that has been plundered… a country whose hope is running dry…

All I can do, on my end, is to make the best effort possible to make society better, stand by my principles, and fight for what is right. There is hope for this country and our people, all we have to do is believe.

This I will do, if not for myself and our generation, then at least for our young children and their children. My warmest personal regards and God bless us all.

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