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GMA Warns VS New Power Grab; Reformist Soldiers ‘Unite’ Behind Cashiered Gen. Danny Lim

February 22, 2009



The anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution is normally marked on the 25th of February, the culmination of the 4-day civilian-backed military uprising that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

But curiously the event’s 23rd anniversary was commemorated on the 22nd  with President Arroyo delivering a pointed warning against a new power grab against her regime.

And this Monday, instead of declaring a non-working holiday, classes at all levels were suspended.

This seemed a bit odd to me until the rebel soldiers web site “Sundalo Tagapagtanggol ng Pilipino (Soldier Defender of the Pilipino) posted a manifesto saying 17 groups have united behind the leadership of cashiered one-star general Alfredo Lim.

The charismatic Lim last figured in the Manila Peninsula Hotel siege on November 29, 2008.

That incident, dubbed as a failed military uprising, saw senior political and Catholic Church figures being invited by the rebelling soldiers.

At that time, Lim read a statement declaring the rep-lacement of the Arroyo government with a de facto civilian-military junta.

But the 6-hour incident ended with government troops laying siege to the hotel before Lim could announce the composition of the ‘new government’.

Rebellion charges were filed against the civilians caught inside the hotel, including former vice president Teofisto Guingona, Jr. but these were later dismissed for lack of evidence.

A side controversy was the police detention oF scores of journalists who had covered the hotel takeover.

Today, in a visible display of confidence, Mrs. Arroyo is leaving on her latest foreign trip and even the capital’s region’s road traffic number-coding scheme remains in force.

Business as usual in the metro.

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