DETAINED military officer Brig. General Danilo Lim welcomed the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to include him in the official list of senatoriables for the May 2010 elections.

In a message posted at Facebook, Lim said his earlier disqualification by the Comelec and the eventual reversal of its earlier decision is but part of his fight for the Filipino people.

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"I knew that entering into this fight would not be easy. I did not suffer any illusions that there would be no opposition to my candidacy. But I have laid my trust in the system and in the law, and on this day, we can see that we have trusted well," Lim said.

"Even as we have hurdled this one obstacle, we have yet a long way to go to achieve the dream of serving this country. The problems facing us still remain. I still do not have very much resources to use in this campaign. I am still detained. But I rely on the Truth to clear the way. But with God’s mercy and the trust of our countrymen, I really don’t need anything else. I know that at the end of this journey, there is victory," he added.

Comelec reinstated Lim and presidential aspirant Nicanor Perlas as official candidates in 2010. The inclusion of Perlas and Lim in the official list of candidates for president and senator was announced after the Comelec en banc session.

Perlas is running independent while Lim is a senatorial candidate under the Liberal Party.

The Comelec has also included three more senatorial candidates in its official list. They were Emilio Osmeña, Nanette Espinosa and Adz Nikabulin.

Lim took the entrance exam to the US Military Academy at West Point, one of the world's premier military academies. He topped the exams. After graduation, he returned to the country, took the Scout Ranger Course where he graduated not only No. 1 but also led his team in registering the only encounter of the class during their test mission.

In 1989, then Captain Lim led the Makati siege that lasted seven days. The failed coup attempt resulted in his incarceration for almost three years.

He was released during the Ramos administration after the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement between government and the military rebels.

He was a member of the RAM-SFP-YOU peace panel in the negotiations.

Lim is facing mutiny charges before a military tribunal for the alleged attempt to unseat Mrs. Arroyo in February 2006. They have been detained since then.

Eleven of their co-accused had been cleared of the charges due to lack of evidence. Lim is also facing separate rebellion charges in connection with the November 2007 standoff at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Lim is among the several Magdalo soldiers seeking elective positions in the 2010 local and national polls. Former Navy officer James Layug filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) to run as congressman of the second district of Taguig City; former Marine Captain Gary Alejano is running for mayor of Sipalay, Negros Occidental and former Army Captain Dante Langkit, for mayor of Kalinga. (BOT)