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Ex-Filipino coup leader appointed to battle graft


MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An ex-army general jailed twice over the past quarter century for allegedly leading mutinies protesting corruption and government incompetence has been appointed to help fight graft in the Philippines' customs bureau.

President Benigno Aquino III swore in West Point-trained Danilo Lim on Thursday as deputy commissioner for intelligence at the customs bureau.

Lim and other renegade soldiers were arrested in 1989 after they accused the current leader's late mother, democracy icon Corazon Aquino, of incompetence during a failed coup while she was president.

He was arrested again in 2006 in an insurrection to protest corruption during former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's rule.

Lim said his deep anti-corruption conviction that landed him in jail before will ensure that he stays clean and fights graft at the customs bureau.

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