MANILA -- Malacanang has nothing to do with the provisional liberty granted to detained Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin, a palace official said Wednesday.

In a press briefing, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said it was the decision of Armed Forces Chief Ricardo David to authorize the release of Querubin who has been jailed for four years.

“As we all know the chief of staff has the discretion to grant provisional liberty to any detained prisoner,” Lacierda said.

He said Querubin will be placed under the custody of Brigadier General Reynaldo Ordoñez, head of the AFP Philippine Defense Reform office, who also has custody over alleged mutineer former Army Brigadier General Danilo Lim.

Querubin had been detained at Camp Aguinaldo for a charge of mutiny for his alleged involvement in a plot to unseat former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (Jill Beltran/Sunnex)