"Time will come [a time] when every Filipino must decide which side he is on, GMA [Arroyo] or change," Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade Antonio Trillanes IV said in a statement read to media after attending a hearing at the Makati regional trial court where he has been charged with staging a coup d'etat. "When that time comes, we need to take a stand for the sake of our future. Don't fear, whatever side the public takes, the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] will be there," Trillanes said.SEEING HOW FIDEL RAMOS was treated so shabbily--some would say treacherously by GMA and JDV--it is quite possible that the Oakwood Mutineers have decided there is no more room within the system to reform the corruption over which they have all risked lives, careers and reputations. Lest anyone doubt their sincerity, each is a seasoned combat officer, and most are rated EXCELLENT by their commanding officers (including Gen. Senga who said so about Lt. San Juan, who was apparently under his command fighting the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan. Most are graduates of the Philippine Military Academy, and though they were apparently used by scoundrels like Gringo Honasan in 2003, they appear more and more to be ... patriots in their own right.
ERMITA THINKS THERE'S NO NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT: I was going to ridicule the amazingly cavalier attitutde of the Palace towards the incident. Executive Sec. Ed Ermita just told reporters "there is no national security threat, just several escapees." Of course the last time these guys decided to protest corruption in the military, the administration was shakent to its roots, the Defense and Intelligence heads lost their jobs, and the whole rotten core of corruption at the top of the AFP was exposed. Nothing's changed. Well, I guess the threat isn't to NATIONAL SECURITY as such, just to the current tenant of the Palace who really doesn't really care about national security and has led in the prositution of the Military to dishonorable and partisan political purposes.
This might be a good time to read: WHEN LAST THE MILITARY WITHDREW SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENCY.
One of the things that Lt. Trillanes said to Media yesterday sticks: He said it had become a matter of life and death for the Officers of the AFP, especially those fighting Communist insurgents and Islamist terrorists, that corruption goes unchecked in the Military. It was their old complaint. If anything two years being sat on and patronized by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo seems to have confirmed his convictions and steeled his resolve. There seems to be more control to him to too. Perhaps wisdom will lead to better strategy and tactics. And stay away from Ping and Erap you guys. Course, I don't have to tell you that after what happened last time, do I?
Newspaper MALAYA reports on an interview with Lt. Trillanes.