ONE of the military prosecutors in the trial of officers involved in the failed withdrawal of support from then President Arroyo in February 2006 is the new AFP Judge Advocate General who supervises the implementation of military justice and law.
Col. Serme Ayuyao assumed his new post last Thursday, replacing Col. Ukol Paglala, who will be taking over as the command staff judge advocate of Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo An.
Ayuyao is coming from a military schooling, finishing a Senior Executive Course for National Security, a requirement before an officer can be assigned to a one-star (brigadier general) position such as the JAG.
Ayuyao previously served as deputy chief of the AFP Standards and Public Accountability. He also served as the chief of the Legal Action Unit of the Intelligence Service of the AFP or ISAFP.
He also served as chief of the Military Justice Division at the Judge Advocate General’s Office. He also chaired a Technical Working Group that crafted a standard investigation procedure for all investigating units and offices.
Ayuyao obtained his law degree at the University of the East in 1994 and entered the Armed Forces four years later.
Ayuyao was member of the prosecution panel that pursued cases against dozens of Army and Marine officers who figured in the February 2006 plot to oust then President Arroyo, now a Pampanga representative.
The accused, led by then Marine commandant Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda, then Army Scout Ranger commander Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim and Marine Col. Ariel Querubin, were tried before a military tribunal for conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman and conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.
The officers reportedly plotted to march to Edsa Shrine and withdraw support from Arroyo. The plan did not push through when then AFP chief Gen. Generoso Senga supposedly backed out from initial commitment to join the plan.
All the accused officers – except Miranda, Lim and Querubin – were cleared from the charges by the court. The three leaders later availed of an amnesty proclamation issued by Arroyo’s successor, President Aquino. -- Victor Reyes