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My Days as a Rebel are Over: Honasan

Senator Gregorio Honasan claims his days as a renegade are over but says he reluctantly went back into hiding after being accused of plotting a failed coup against President Gloria Arroyo. The former army colonel spearheaded three coup attempts that forced him to go underground in the 1980s, but he says he is innocent this time and is on the run again because of charges he claims the government made up to muzzle him and other opposition politicians. Since disappearing nearly a month ago, he has moved from house to house, travelling around in vans with tinted windows and sometimes alone on his favourite Suzuki motorbike, an aide said. He runs his Senate office and checks on his family through cell phone calls brief enough to avoid being traced. ‘It’s tiring. Sometimes it almost drives me to tears, but what can I do?’ Mr Honasan said during a clandestine news briefing for several journalists on Saturday in a Manila safe house. Full Story

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