Coup plotters woo military officers

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said some officials in the previous administration were among those plotting to overthrow the government of President Benigno Aquino 3rd and have been courting military officers.

These personalities, according to Col. Restituto Padilla, AFP spokesman, are reportedly recruiting some officers to support the planned government takeover.

“I am not in possession of the reports that deal on this. However, talk within military circles say that a number of them have served in previous administrations and have pushed various reform agendas previously as cover for their efforts,” Padilla said.

He, however, belittled the plot, citing the “high degree of dedication and professionalism” of the AFP.


“We firmly believe all these efforts will fail. First, because of the high degree of dedication and professionalism of our AFP today. Second is that majority of our citizens no longer buy this kind of efforts and easily see through its real intent, which is that all these are political in nature, with an end view for 2016; and third, the Administration still enjoys a high degree of support,” the military official emphasized.

Padilla said any attempt to oust the president will not succeed without the support of the military. He added that the incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 44 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) dead could not be used as a basis for a destabilization plot.

“Yung ginawa ng presidente ay hindi ilegal, tandaan natin yun, hindi sya ilegal. Legal na operasyon yun. It’s the manner by which it was carried out and the President does not go into details, if you are the commander-in-chief you don’t go into details,” he pointed out.

The AFP earlier said it is keeping an eye on troop movements amid reports of a coup plot against Aquino.

Malacañang on Sunday said the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are on alert for a possible coup d’etat and retaliatory attacks by terrorists trained by slain bomb-maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said all security agencies are prepared to thwart any attempt against the government and the nation’s security.

Coloma confirmed that the Palace, through government security agencies, has been tightly monitoring groups and personalities who are suspected to be behind a move to unseat the president.

Such “monitoring,” he added, includes the “wealthy” individual who Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago referred to as being behind the plot to oust the President.

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  1. This should really be a big, big wake up call for P-noy. Before, he was able to survive the people’s wrath at the height of the DAP controversy. That was because one main component was missing. It is much different this time. Soldiers’ lives were lost and their morale has ebbed further due to his irresponsible actions.

  2. “We firmly believe all these efforts will fail. First, because of the high degree of dedication and professionalism of our AFP today. Second is that majority of our citizens no longer buy this kind of efforts and easily see through its real intent, which is that all these are political in nature, with an end view for 2016; and third, the Administration still enjoys a high degree of support,” the military official emphasized.”

    All three premises of armchair spokesperson Padilla’s argument ARE UTTERLY WRONG ! So where does he stand other than atop a propaganda platform. Ergo given these, the effort can in reality succeed .

  3. Restituto Padilla’s statement that the acts of Aquino regarding Mamasapano incident that led to the carnage of 44 SAF commandos is legal is irrelevant. The people are not questioning the legality of arresting the terrorists coddled by MILF within or adjacent to their camps in Mamasapano. What the people want is for Aquino to resign and his entire cabinet for his failure to ensure the safety of the beleaguered commandos before they were massacred by the criminal elements of MILF and BIFF. Why did he not order reinforcement immediately? Why is he ignoring the public clamor for him to reveal his true and exact knowledge about the operation? Why is he blaming the fallen 44 commandos and the entire SAF troops who were involved in Mamasapano mission for their alleged failure to coordinate with the AFP? Aquino is washing his hands because the mission was a total failure. The people are demanding for his immediate resignation including his entire cabinet and Catapang. We deserve better leaders.

  4. sir makasali lang may busal na sila sa bibig sir milyon ang pinaguusapan para mapagtakpan ang mga karumaldumal na ginagawa nila uulitin ko mga sirs/madam milyones ang katapat

  5. Ok ayaw tulungan ng mga kapulisan at mga sundalo ang kanilang mga kabaro wala na tayong magagawa .ang sanay mangyare maranasan din sana nila kung paano ang nang naganap sa fallen 44

  6. Hindi ba illegal ang mag bribe sa buong Senado para ma-impeach si Chief Justice Corona dahil si Corona ay kalaban ng Aquino clan tungkol sa Hacienda Luisita? Hindi ba illegal yung ginawa — inimbento ni Aquino at Abad na DAP, which the Suprem,e Court declared illegal and unconstitutional? Hindi ba illegal and magsinungaling at utusang masinugaling ang AFP Chief of Staff at mga heneral tungkol sa papel niya (si Aquino) sa Mamasapano Massacre? Hindi ba illegal ang patagong pag-utos niya kay Pursima na magpatuloy na bossing ng PNP-SAF OPlan Exodus maski suspendido na si Purisima ng Ombudsman?
    Itong Colonel Padilla na ito ay isa pang tanga at sinungaling! Dapat rin siyang matanggal.

    • Manny De Guzman on

      Hindi ang masaker sa hasyenda lupitita ay isang halibawa kong bakit halimaw ang presidenteng ito? Bale wala kong dumanak ang dugo basta naiutos nya. Ganyan kaganid ang presidenteng ito. Wala siyang takot madungisan ng dugo ang kanyang kapangyarihan. Napakamanhid na sa akusasyon ng taong bayan. Wala takot sa DIYOS. Baka sugo ito ni satanas para magsabog ng lagim sa pinas.