Thursday, November 29, 2007

Senator Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim Take Over the Manila Peninsula Hotel!

I'm in Makati City right now. Senator Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim marched to the Manila Peninsula Hotel after storming out of the Makati City Regional Trial Court. Antonio Trillanes and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim are calling upon the Filipino people to withdraw support from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Will later post pictures on initial developments outside the Manila Penn. Some interesting reads include:
  • - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Brigadier Gen. Danilo Lim walked out of a Makati City courtroom and called upon the Filipino people to withdraw support from President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Lim, who faces court martial proceedings in connection with the uprising on February 24 last year, was testifying on the coup d'etat case against the Magdalo Group when the incident occurred.

  • - Transcript of Magdalo soldier Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, which he read during the conference.

  • - Civil society groups and bishops called for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to resign and called on the people to come out and show support for Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Among them were Jimmy Regalario of the Kilusang Makabansang Ekonomiya, Father Robert Reyes, former University of the Philippines president Francisco Nemenzo, former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Bishops Julius Labayen and Gaudencio Tobias.

  • - The website of a shadowy group called "Sundalo" is calling on the people to support rebel soldiers currently holed up in a hotel in Makati, just a few hours after they walked out of a court hearing. In bold and capital letters, the website announced: “Senator Antonio Trillanes, Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, and Magdalo soldiers, their guards and the people are now in Manila Peninsula.”

  • - Sundalo: The die is cast.

  • - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday afternoon gave Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim until 3 p.m. to peacefully surrender to authorities, as it ordered the evacuation of guests and personnel inside the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
  • - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is confident that “nothing will happen after 3 p.m.” Trillanes issued the statement Thursday as the deadline set by authorities for the senator and his group to vacate the Manila Peninsula lapsed. “What we did is a moral obligation, not only as citizens of this country,” said Trillanes, adding, “It is our duty as religious individuals to do what is right.”

  • - "Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon is going to be forcibly arraigned on the charge of violation of Article of War 70, in the absence of counsel," Trixie Angeles said.

  • - President Arroyo ordered Thursday the Philippine National Police to arrest rebel soldiers, led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Army Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, who occupied the Manila Peninsula Hotel and called for the president's ouster.

  • - Soldiers set up checkpoints along the south and north Luzon expressways to prevent troops sympathetic to Senator Antonio Trillanes from proceeding to Metro Manila. Trillanes and other soldiers accused of coup d’etat walked out of their hearing at the Makati regional trial court and led a march to the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City on Thursday.

  • - Major General Rodrigo Maclang, commander of the military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), has declared “heightened alert” in Central Luzon, the Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera.

  • - Malacañang has advised the public to stay away from the Ayala area "to avoid any confusion," as law enforcers said it was prepared to enforce the arrest warrant on Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said however that the situation was "under control" and assured that the rule of law would prevail.

  • - The Presidential Security Group (PSG) was placed on red alert as security around the Malacañang Complex and nearby streets were tightened. Brigadier Gen. Romeo Prestoza, PSG commander, assured that Palace security personnel are prepared. The development comes on the heels of the protest march of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brigadier Gen. Danilo Lim in Makati City.

  • - The forces of the Philippine Army troops are "intact" and will remain loyal to the chain of command amid calls by rebellious soldiers for their troops and the public to withdraw support from the government, Army chief Lieutenant General Alexander Yano said Thursday.

  • - Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Thursday afternoon said those who led the courtroom walkout and the march to the Manila Peninsula hotel may face charges of sedition. Gonzalez, who was at an emergency Cabinet meeting in Malacañang, said tagged the Makati City gathering of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Brig. Gen Danilo Lim, several opposition figures and their supporters as “illegal."

  • - Profile on former Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes IV, 36, an elected senator, who led a march for withdrawal of support call against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday with Brigadier Gen. Danilo Lim and former Vice President Teofisto Guingona.

  • - Profile on Brig. Gend. Danilo, who was relieved from his post as commander of the elite First Scout Rangers Regiment for allegedly plotting a coup d'etat against the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration.

  • - Oakwood Mutiny: More than 300 junior officers and enlisted men took over the Oakwood Premier in the Ayala Center, Makati City on July 27, 2003.

  • - Navy Ltsg. Antonio Trillanes IV, Army Capt. Gerardo Gambala, Army Capt. Milo Maestrecampo, Navy Ltsg. James Layug, and Marine Capt. Gary Alejano led more than 300 junior officers and enlisted men and took over the Oakwood Premier in the Ayala Center, Makati City on July 27, 2003.

  • - Destabilization efforts against the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration

  • - Statement from a Magdalo soldier

  • - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has left San Pablo City aboard a helicopter and will head straight to Malacañang where she will preside over a meeting by the crisis committee of the National Security Council that will discuss the situation in Makati City involving Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

  • - “Trillanes and Lim are just saving their own skin in causing (a) commotion. That is just so irresponsible… This will definitely have an effect on our economy and the foreigners’ perception on our country," said Donald Dee, chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

  • - On the eve of the government-imposed "deadline" for their surrender, military sympathizers of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brigadier Gen. Danilo Lim said Thursday expressed readiness to fight to the very end.

  • - Sen. Mar Roxas on Thursday urged his colleague Sen. Antonio Trillanes to “be calm, and do not bring this to a point where our people’s blood will be shed," adding that “we hear the frustration, the cynicism, the estrangement from the government that is in your voice and in your positions."

  • - Pro-government have started closing in on the Manila Peninsula Hotel, in what is perceived as a preparation for a possible assault on the hotel in a bid to rearrest Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim.

  • - After failing to convince members of the media and supporters of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim to leave the hotel, police Dir. Geary Barias on Thursday afternoon reiterated that government troops will effect the two officials' arrest by 3 p.m.

  • - "Don't let the guests leave. Don't restrain them," Antonio Trillanes said in Filipino. He gave no other statement.

  • - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV issued a message Thursday urging hotel guests to remain in their room, radio DZBB reported.

  • - Vice President Manuel "Noli" de Castro appealed for calm in the wake of tensions at a Makati City hotel where Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brigadier Gen. Danilo Lim have been holed up since late Thursday morning.

  • - Guests started evacuating a luxury hotel in Makati City Thursday after a group of rebel soldiers took over the building and demanded the resignation of President Arroyo.

  • - On Thursday, the luxurious 497-room The Peninsula Hotel Manila became an unwilling host to a standoff tension between mutinous troops led by detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and soldiers loyal to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

  • - The Philippine military is rushing around 1,500 troops to the capital Manila to crush a mutiny by rebel soldiers who have taken over a luxury hotel, a military spokesman said.

  • - Sen. Rodolfo Biazon, a former Armed Forces chief of staff, said he hopes that the situation will not end up in “soldiers killing each other.”

  • - At least 50 Special Weapons and Tactics commandos have lined up outside the Manila Pensinsula hotel in Makati City to enforce the arrest of rebel soldiers who stormed out of a Makati courtroom and called for President Arroyo's resignation.
  • - Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday said he expects the worst to happen after he and two dozen rebel soldiers took over a luxury hotel in Makati City and called for President Arroyo's resignation.

  • - Brigadier General Danilo Lim on Thursday said they will not surrender to government authorities, despite reported deployment of pro-government troops in preparation for the serving of the arrest warrant against Lim and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.

  • - The takeover by rebel soldiers over a luxury hotel in Makati City might be part of a bigger plot by anti-Arroyo groups to overthro the government, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said Thursday.

  • - Footage taken by ABS-CBN Sky Patrol showed Special Weapons and Tactics commandos moving in battle formation towards the hotel at 4 p.m.

  • - An hour since the 3 p.m. deadline lapsed, government troops began its assault on the Manila Peninsula Hotel at 4 p.m.

  • - Government soldiers, backed by armored personnel carrier, also were seen taking combat positions outside the hotel. Some were also seen going into the hotel premises.

  • - Coping mechanisms



9 comments:

One Wacky Mom said...

Wow...so much to comment on here

First, the Peninsula HOtel is fabulous isn't it? I've stayed at the one in Chicago and in Manhattan.

What do you think about the President?

Are the Filipino people at risk? What does this mean?

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Wacky Mom:

Everyone is tired of the same old thing, graft and corruption. However, the end does not justify the means. I have always believed in doing things the peaceful way, Ev.

There was a lot of talk during the takeover thing, e.g., things about this and that that didn't even made to the newspaper. At this point in time, all i can say is that i'm glad it's over. Hopefully, things will go back to normal again. And sad to say but true, that also includes graft and corruption in my beautiful country. And I kid you not!


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Woobie said...

Trillanes sees black and white because he's still very idealistic... though, I shudder to think how much of his career is left now that he's being so vocal at this stage of his career. Is he considered a nuisance because of his impulsiveness? or a hero because of his principles? Makes me wonder....

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Woobie:


A nuisance, my friend. Men of principles do not speak with finality and retract everything a few hours later.

Heroes do not endanger the lives of others. A hero will put his life on the line first before others.

Hero? Nah! He's more of a zero. And I kid you not!

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The Penniless Fat Guy said...

I understand your points my friend and I do agree with some of them. But as you know, I have a different point of view regarding the issues. I know that you will allow me to share a piece of my mind.

We always complain about corruption and how slowly it decayed our once disciplined society. But do we do something about it? The ineffective leaders that we have right now are only a consequence of our ignorance. Corruption is bad, but not doing something to stop it is worse.

Trillanes has violated the law and has to punished. And you are right about coups not being the answer. But we have gone to the conventional means and nothing happened. Are we contented with just criticizing our leaders? Trillanes retracted eventually, but at least he started something. None of us has even reached the point of asking our leaders to step down.

Trillanes only did half of the job. But don't we realize that we have not done any? Yes, his actions are hard to justify. But how do you justify our total ignorance to reality? We are only good at criticizing, we are never good at doing.

Heroes do not harm others. That is a myth my friend. Remember Andres Bonifacio? He harmed others when he convinced the Katipuneros to fight the Spaniards. He knew revolution was not the answer, yet he still persuaded others to join his crusade. And what was the result? A resounding defeat. Now we call Bonifacio a hero. We even celebrate the day of his death.

Of course Trillanes is no Bonifacio. But none of us can be compared to Trillanes. So why criticize?

This is what I love about your blog my friend. Cabalen tau sa Friday? Libre ka naman......

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Sam:

"The ineffective leaders that we have right now are only a consequence of our ignorance" - I agree with you on this take, my friend.

"Trillanes retracted eventually, but at least he started something. None of us has even reached the point of asking our leaders to step down." - Some of our leaders have called for GMA to step down, but no to avail.

Trillanes' plan was not that well coordinated, thus contributing to the belief that it half done. Believe you me when I say that I am all out for his call for GMA to step down and all. I do! I really do! I admire him for his guts to say that out loud. But what I didn't want were the conditions set forth for it, i.e., that GMA et. al step down and a snap election will be held within 60 days. Sixty days? Who will hold the reins of power then? A military junta? No, no, no. I don't think so! And who did he offer as an alternative to the corrupt government that we have now? I'll let you answer that one, my friend.

Heroes do not harm civilians, Sam. Unknowingly or not, Trillanes and Lim put civilians in harm's way when they took over the Penn. Why do you think Trillanes and Lim chose the Manila Peninsula? Why not the Wise Motel? Or Sogo? Or Alpap? The specific reason why the Manila Penn? I'll give you one good guess, bro.

Criticize? If you look carefully at my post and the one following it (the one with pics), you will see that I did not advance my thoughts of the subject matter, my friend. None whatsoever. Yes, I gave my views in the comments section. Why so? I had to give my thoughts on it because I was asked about such.

I respect each and everyone's views, my brother. Including that of Trillanes'. What I don't agree with was the way he handled the whole thing. He failed to address all the factors that make such a call, i.e., that the present administration steps down, a success. And I kid you not!


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THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Sam:

"The ineffective leaders that we have right now are only a consequence of our ignorance" - I agree with you on this take, my friend.

"Trillanes retracted eventually, but at least he started something. None of us has even reached the point of asking our leaders to step down." - Some of our leaders have called for GMA to step down, but no to avail.

Trillanes' plan was not that well coordinated, thus contributing to the belief that it half done. Believe you me when I say that I am all out for his call for GMA to step down and all. I do! I really do! I admire him for his guts to say that out loud. But what I didn't want were the conditions set forth for it, i.e., that GMA et. al step down and a snap election will be held within 60 days. Sixty days? Who will hold the reins of power then? A military junta? No, no, no. I don't think so! And who did he offer as an alternative to the corrupt government that we have now? I'll let you answer that one, my friend.

Heroes do not harm civilians, Sam. Unknowingly or not, Trillanes and Lim put civilians in harm's way when they took over the Penn. Why do you think Trillanes and Lim chose the Manila Peninsula? Why not the Wise Motel? Or Sogo? Or Alpap? The specific reason why the Manila Penn? I'll give you one good guess, bro.

Criticize? If you look carefully at my post and the one following it (the one with pics), you will see that I did not advance my thoughts of the subject matter, my friend. None whatsoever. Yes, I gave my views in the comments section. Why so? I had to give my thoughts on it because I was asked about such.

I respect each and everyone's views, my brother. Including that of Trillanes'. What I don't agree with was the way he handled the whole thing. He failed to address all the factors that make such a call, i.e., that the present administration steps down, a success. And I kid you not!


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