Mabilisang post lang po. I just wanna record the moment for posterity (naaaks!)
So, apparently Gen. Danny Lim and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV have pulled a fast one on the government — not only did they walk out of their hearing in a Makati Courtroom, they took their armed guards with them!
Asteeg! I had no idea Magdalo still had enough men to insert supporters among the ranks of the soldiers who are supposed to guard the mutineers! Score 1 point for them (and minus 50 pogi points to the AFP.)
After calling a short press conference where they once again called on the Filipino people and the military to “withdraw their support” from the “illegitimate” GMA, they holed themselves up at the Manila Peninsula Hotel (hmmm… shades of another Oakwood Standoff?)
Not surprisingly, the Police and Army have surrounded the hotel and have given a 3PM ultimatum for the “re-mutineers” to surrender, after which they have threatened to storm the building.
It is now 3:04 PM in my clock…
5:15 PM — the assault is on! An Army APC broke down the main door of the hotel and Teargas canisters have been fired into the lobby… 2 other APCs are in the driveway. Nakow. Sino magbabayad ng damages? I remember that lobby well… all that glass and stainless steel fittings… those furniture and lampshades… ang mahal ng mga yun!
5:45 PM — is it finally over? Sen. Trillanes, et al. are, allegedly, all set to surrender… and he did eventually. After having handcuffs clapped on his wrists, Sen Trillanes was unceremoniously dragged to a waiting bus. Former VP Guingona and Gen Danny Lim likewise suffered the same fate (so did Bishop Labayen and Fr. Robert Reyes). Even some members of media were arrested by the Police.
6:45 PM — The cynic in me took over. Powtah… Thursday ngayon a! Red Horse time!