Thursday, November 29, 2007 06:22 PM
Sen. Antonio Trillanes and Brigadier Gen. Danny Lim have surrendered to authorities, following the announcement that they will leave the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona was also taken by authorities.
GMA lauds authorities
Thursday, November 29, 2007 07:02 PM
President Arroyo has lauded the authorities for a job well done after the surrender of Sen. Antonio Trillanes and Brigadier Gen. Danny Lim. Mrs. Arroyo said that the soldiers will continue serving the country and called for a fight for justice and poverty.
Meanwhile, members of the media condemned the arrest of several journalists who were led to a bus and brought to Bicutan for questioning.
Earlier, footages of ABS CBN’s technical team were shown handcuffed as well as several journalists covering the Makati stand-off.
Thursday, November 29, 2007 09:29 PM
MANILA (AP) - Dozens of journalists were detained after covering the daylong takeover of a Manila hotel by a group of disgruntled soldiers, raising questions about press freedom in one of Asia's most media-friendly nations.
The government said it wants to ensure that rebel troops, who walked out of their court hearing on charges of taking part in a 2003 failed coup and commandeered an upscale hotel before surrendering, did not slip away among journalists.
Media organizations cried foul, saying freedom of speech is constitutionally guaranteed in a nation priding itself with having a lively, freewheeling media system.
Detained with them are Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Mga alas 10:00 ng umaga ng magsimulang magwalk out ang dalawa, Lim at Trillanes sa isinasagawang paglilitis ng kanilang kaso ng rebelyon-mutiny. Nagmartsa ang dalawa sa kahabaang Ayala Av at iba pang mga kasamahan tungong Manila Peninsula.
Naka RED ALERT na ang bansa. Doble-doble na ang seguridad na ipinatutupad ng PSG sa paligid ng Malakanyang, ibinalagbag na ang barb wire sa entry at exit point at container van. Mukhang nasorpresa ang Malakanyang, si GMA, Norberto Gonzales (galing ng Quezon at Laguna) at Esperon (galing ng Zamboanga) ay papunta na sa Malakanyang, may ikinasang command conference/emergency National Security Council meeting.
Upang mapigilan ang malawakang suporta ng tao sa dalawa, kinurdunan na ang paligid ng Manila Pen. Sa isang radio interview kay Gen. Esperon, kararating lamang mula sa Mindanao, plano nilang "i-isolate ang mga sibilyan at within a day, tatapusin daw nila ang commotion sa Makati."
Maliban sa dating VP Guingona, kasama nila Trillanes at Danny Lim ang ibang mga lider ng civil society; Ang running priest na Fr Reyes, Bishop Tobias, Bishop Labayen at si Ka Dodong Nemenzo.
- Doy Cinco / IPD
Last updated 12:14pm (Mla time) 11/29/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- Detained Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and other officers accused of leading the July 2003 rebellion walked out of their trial Thursday and marched through the streets of Makati calling for the ouster of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
As of posting time, Trillanes and his comrades are at the Manila Peninsula where they are scheduled to hold a press conference. The walkout began shortly after the trial resumed after a brief recess. Brigadier General Danilo Lim, who himself is detained and facing coup d’etat charges following an alleged failed coup attempt in February 2006, was pulled away by several soldiers from the witness stand. (Mga larawan sa itaas: http://www.sundalo.bravehost.com/)
Trillanes and Lim said they were calling on the Filipinos to withdraw support from the government because the President has corrupted its institutions. “We are joining the people… because the President continues to violate the Constitution of the Philippines repeatedly,” Lim told DZMM’s Teleradyo program, adding they were “calling for the removal of an illegitimate President.”
Trillanes, Lim and the other accused soldiers were joined by civilians, including a group of militant farmers and opposition figures led by former vice president Teofisto Guingona. It was not clear if the prisoners’ guards had joined the protest, but they marched along with the accused.
Reports culled by INQUIRER.net reporters and staff said police have barricaded the streets leading to Ayala Avenue and that two military trucks had crossed Paseo de Roxas.
Four Army trucks and anti-riot police have barricaded the hotel, according to reports. Meanwhile, Leah Navarro, a convenor of the civil society group, Black and White Movement, said she was shocked when radio reports said that her group was part of the protest march although she added that they would assess the situation.
Navarro told INQUIRER.net in a phone interview. But Navarro also said that former social welfare secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman will be going to Makati “to see what’s going on.” “We have to assess the situation. Our main concern is that those marching are safe. We don’t want violence here. We know that this thing is spontaneous,” Navarro said.
With reports from Julie M. Aurelio, Inquirer; Maila Ager, Jessie Delima, Cathy Miranda, INQUIRER.net