MANILA, Philippines -- A bemedalled marine colonel and an Army officer detained in connection with the Marine standoff in 2006 were set to file criminal charges against each other after they figured in a scuffle inside a detention facility at Camp Aguinaldo on Saturday afternoon.
Both Marine Colonel Ariel Querubin and Major Jason Aquino sustained minor injuries following the fight triggered allegedly by a spat between the latter and Querubin?s wife, Pong.
Pong said they would file charges of grave slander, intriguing against honor and physical injuries against Aquino.
On the other hand, Trixie Angeles, Aquino?s lawyer, said they would sue Querubin for physical injuries.
In a radio interview, Angeles said the scuffle took place while Aquino was escorting her and another lawyer, Frank Chavez, out of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp) custodial center after they visited him the other day.
All of a sudden, she said Pong started shouting at Aquino while Querubin pushed him against a wall, leading to a scuffle.
Angeles described what took place as an ?unprovoked attack? on her client who was being accused of spreading rumors about the Querubins.
?There are allegations about the Querubins that have been going around. They thought that Major Aquino was telling Attorney Chavez about it,? Angeles told the Inquirer in a text message Sunday.
But she did not elaborate on the matter.
Pong, meanwhile, said in a phone interview that she confronted Aquino and Chavez after hearing the former ?falsely imputing malicious crimes? against her and her husband.
She added that she called her husband for help when Aquino began insulting her.
In a statement, Querubin said, ?I love my wife very much. She has been with me through all my sufferings and miseries and I will not allow anyone to unjustly insult, harass and do violence to her.?
Pong said the ?falling out? between the two officers began when former President Chief of Staff Michael Defensor visited the detention facility and shared some drinks with some of the detainees who have since been at odds with Querubin.
The two soldiers have been detained for three years for allegedly attempting to overthrow the Arroyo administration in February 2006.