Manila under siege
(Friday - 7/25/03)
district Makati was under the grip of mutineers yet again. Several
soldiers from the Army and the Navy left their posts last Friday in
order to stage a coup d'etat which was foiled by the government.
A vigil was held at the EDSA shrine in Ortigas (about 10 km from Makati)
by students, parishioners, religious groups and other residents within
the area to pray for peace amidst the high tensions going on. The EDSA
shrine is the rally point for previous People Powers 1 and 2.
(Saturday - 7/27/03)
succeeding events occurred, the rebels staged a hijack of the
Intercontinental Hotel (3) and the
Oakwood Apartments (2). The rebel soldiers
took hostage the building and its residents. About 20 to 30 soldiers
wearing red armbands and in full battle gear installed what appeared to
be bombs at the Ayala Center shopping mall around the same time. The
Shopping Center was closed from that time onwards but civilians were
allowed to leave the area.
(Sunday - 7/28/03)
day, Sunday, SM Makati (1) closed
shop on fears of an escalation between the government troops and the
rebels. Guests in hotels near the Oakwood appeared to be calm, although
some have checked out or have been evacuated in busses. The Australian
Ambassador and several foreign guests in Oakwood were evacuated after
being held overnight. Australia announces plans to send troops if the
Australian Ambassador is withheld in the hotel.
About 1pm today, President Arroyo declares a state of Rebellion
(Proclamation 427) and issues General Order No. 4 ordering the military
and the police to suppress the rebellion. It is 4 hours to the 5pm
deadline. Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio Bunye claims that the
proclamation is nationwide and will allow the arrest of anyone who
At about 3pm, 50 or more soldiers were said to surrender. The leaders of
the mutiny are still within the building.
The soldiers claim to be rebelling against the 'Terrorist President' and
the selling of guns and ammunition to the MILF and Abu Sayaff in the
South which resulted in the death of many of their fellow soldiers.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared the Makati standoff over at around 10pm today, she also said that civilian supporters possibly including the senators and politicians who supported the group will be charged.
For more information visit the following sites:
Philippine Daily Inquirer Chronology of Events
ABS-CBN News Live Pictures