Friday, November 30, 2007

Pictures on the Trillanes and Lim Take Over of the Manila Peninsula Hotel!

Antonio Trillanes ImageThe pictures were taken shortly after Senator Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim marched to the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City after storming out of the Makati City Regional Trial Court. Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim called on the Filipino people to join their cause and withdraw support from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Links to a number of reads follow some of the pictures. Yes, interesting reads. And I kid you not!

Antonio Trillanes Graphic- Two members of the Magdalo group who were hiding inside the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City were arrested Thursday evening.

- News correspondents Pinky Webb and Ces Drilon, together with radio dzMM reporter Noel Alamar and technical crewmen, were arrested after Trillanes’s group abandoned the standoff for the safety of the people inside the hotel.

Senator Antonio Trillanes Image- Catholic bishops who have been critical of President Arroyo will lead a prayer rally at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila Friday, Bonifacio Day, to reiterate calls for her resignation over unresolved political issues hounding her administration.

- A surprised Joseph Estrada denied that he had prior knowledge of the standoff in Makati City Thursday, saying he was busy for a medical mission in Quezon City with fellow opposition personalities.

Senator Antonio Trillanes Graphic- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said that the six-hour standoff at the Manila Peninsula hotel in Makati was “well-planned,” as authorities uncovered documents proving the organization that involved Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim.

- Retired general Jose Almonte, a national security adviser during the term of former president Fidel Ramos, said Thursday he sees no end in sight for incidents such as the crisis in Makati City “as long as the government is not doing its job.”

Manila Penn Image- Director General Avelino Razon Jr., Philippine National Police chief, told that the police was in the process of identifying the members of the "threat group," which has links with Trillanes and Lim.

- Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro on Thursday defended the arrests of some members of the media who covered the takeover of Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

Antonio Trillanes IV Graphic- MalacaƱang on Thursday night declared a curfew, which will start midnight up to dawn of Friday, after ending a six-hour siege at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

- A handcuffed Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV was dragged by policemen out the Manila Peninsula in Makati City after he and other supporters ended the six-hour standoff at the hotel.

Danilo Lim Graphic- Wedding groom Rian Montano was enjoying lunch at the luxury Peninsula Hotel in Manila when around 30 rebel soldiers stormed through the doors, brandishing weapons and sending terrified diners fleeing.

Danilo Lim Image- The US embassy in Manila on Thursday warned American citizens in the country to avoid Makati City after a group of soldiers stormed a hotel and demanded President Arroyo's immediate resignation.

- The Australian government cautioned its nationals in the Philippines not to let their guard down during the weekend.

Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim Graphic- Video on Police Director Geary Barias of the National Capital Region Police Office as leaves the Peninsula Manila Hotel without talking to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after setting the 3 p.m. deadline.

Danilo Lim Image- Video on The Peninsula Manila during the start of the standoff between the Magdalo soldiers of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, wearing red armbands, and government forces.

- After a daring courtroom walkout that went unchecked by their security escorts, renegade officers on trial for the 2003 Oakwood mutiny -- led by Navy lieutenant and now Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV -- again sought to seize a posh Makati City hotel.

Trillanes Graphic- As I’m writing this, my eyes and ears are at the same time glued to the TV set, where practically all networks are carrying live news footage of the takeover of Manila Peninsula Hotel of forces loyal to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, both of whom are facing trial for the alleged crime of coup d’etat.

Manila Penn Image- Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim ended their day the way they started it – behind bars – after holing up at the Peninsula Hotel Manila in Makati City yesterday with about 30 supporters to demand anew the resignation of President Arroyo.

Manila Penn Graphic- A cloud of tear gas and armored vehicles used as battering rams forced a group of rebellious former military officers out of an upscale Makati City hotel where they had staked out for almost seven hours in the hope of launching another “people power” revolt.

Manila Peninsula Graphic- Military officials believe the standoff in Makati City was unplanned, saying Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV appeared to be on his own when he walked out of a court hearing and took over a hotel yesterday.

Danilo Lim Image- We are all Filipinos. We are one nation. Why can't we act for the common good instead of destroying our country with every year that goes by? Why can't we remember that we conquered Martial Law peacefully once?

Manila Peninsula Image- Four members of the Manila Bulletin staff – two reporters and two photographers – were among those detained by the military during the roundup operations at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati yesterday.

Danilo Lim Graphic- President Arroyo ordered the military and police yesterday to “mop up all residual threats” to her administration and to “fully restore” law and order.

Manila Peninsula Image

Manila Penn Graphic- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will observe maximum tolerance at a multi-sectoral rally calling for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Manila Friday.

Manila Penn Graphic- The prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) recounted how the walkout of accused junior officers happened during a hearing on the trial on the failed 2003 coup at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 148 Thursday.

Manila Penn Graphic- The National Union of People's Lawyers, an organization of human rights lawyers, blasted the curfew declared by government in the wake of the Makati standoff as “unconstitutional” and said any arrests for violating the curfew would be “illegal.”

Manila Penn Image- National Police chief Avelino Razon Jr. admitted Thursday night "weaknesses" in intelligence gathering allowed the six-hour standoff at The Manila Peninsula Hotel.

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Liza Cordero said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures! The situation in our country is getting to be really scary. Stay safe and God bless you always.

THE ANiTOKiD said...


Situations like the one that just happened yesterday makes me think of whether I was right in my decision to stay here in our beautiful country to raise my children.

Are my siblings right in saying that I am crazy to do just that? To be the only member of the family who decided to stay here and not follow them for the greener pastures abroad? Am I patriotic? Am I fool to stay in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, which, sad to say, is constantly being raped by acts of graft and corruption?

I don't think I am a fool. I don't think I am dreamer. I love the Philippines. I really do! And I love its people even more! There's no I have always believed that my country will be great again. And I kid you not!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the coverage po... appreciate it... :)

THE ANiTOKiD said...


Hope you like what you see, kabayan!


Anonymous said...

You actually went there? Cool.

Like I said, countless times before..I don't agree with the coup.

Almost everything people in power do these days is self-serving. I'm sure there are better, less violent ways to "help" our country.

THE ANiTOKiD said...


Wished I had been inside the Penn, kabayan! Right you are with your thoughts that everything about "people in power" is self-serving.

I personally know people in government that have in their possession a king's ransom, enough to keep four generations of their families rich, but still they can't live without graft or corruption. And I kid you not!


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THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Anything Goes:

Hope you liked 'em, kabayan!


One Wacky Mom said...

Gosh this is just sooooooooo sad. I didn't think this would happen there. I don't know why...I guess I just imagined it was safe...everything was fine.

So where are you taking these pictures?

They arrested reporters? Are you serious? Why are the Catholic bishops critical of President Arroyo?

This is just fascinating to watch from here...I pray you and your family are not put in harm's way...that you are safe.

One Wacky Mom said...

I was just reading your previous post and my comments. Congrats my friend...on being nominated for blog of the month!

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Wacky Mom:

The pics were taken at the scene of the Manila Peninsula takeover, Ev, i.e., Makati Avenue/Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Reporters were frisked after the incident and were "asked" to hand over any materials relating to the siege of the Penn.

Except for the cohorts, everyone is critical of GMA and her administration, Wacky Mom. It all boils down to the graft and corruption happening in my beautiful country. It's like graft and corruption has become a way of life here, Ev. It's a sad fact. And I kid you not!


THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Wacky Mom:

Much thanks for the prayers, my friend.

And thanks for the congratulatory note, Ev! All the best!


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