Archive for November, 2007

Hours, media grit in the Manila Pen

Following are two first-person-accounts of last Thursday’s standoff. One is mine and the other is by Azhel Hachero, Malaya’s reporter covering Makati. This page requires a higher version browserFor the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV GMA news report on trip to Bicutan By Ellen Tordesillas Thursday morning, the Makati City hall premises […]

November 30, 2007   Posted in: Coverage, Media, Military, Nov. 29 incident  223 Comments

Released

Thank you all for your concern. I was released 10:30 p.m. with Malaya Makati reporter Azchel Hachero, my blog trainee Jerome Layug, and more than 20 other journalists who were brought to Camp Bagong Diwa to be processed. Some were finger-printed and told to undergo drug test. Our lawyers were not allowed to enter the […]

November 30, 2007   Posted in: Military  233 Comments

This is outrageous!

Police were attempting to put plastic handcuffs on us, as though we’re criminal suspects. We refused. We were ordered to fall in a single file and made to board another police bus that will take the journalists to Bicutan.

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  237 Comments

Soldiers, civilians rounded up

Authorities have rounded up the remaining Magdalo soldiers involved in the six-hour standoff and herded them to one side of the Manila Peninsula Hotel lobby. The soldiers were ordered to strip to their shorts and lie face down; their hands were bound behind their backs. Two Magdalo soldiers–Armand Pontejos and Francisco Bose–were reported missing. Authorities […]

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  16 Comments

Trillanes, Lim, Guingona arrested

Authorities arrested Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, former vice president Teofisto Guingona and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim at the Manila Peninsula Hotel shortly after 6 p.m. and escorted them to a National Capital Region Police Office bus waiting outside. Trillanes and Lim were handcuffed. Also arrested were Bishop Julio Labayen and Fr. Robert Reyes. The arrest […]

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  34 Comments

Trillanes, Lim to leave hotel

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim have decided to pull out of the Manila Peninsula Hotel after troops stormed the Makati-based hotel at 5 p.m., lobbing tear gas canisters and ramming an armored personnel carrier into the hotel lobby. Trillanes and Lim, who proceeded to the hotel after walking out of this […]

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  39 Comments

Taking refuge

Only 20 journalists are left at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, including myself. We are holed up in several of the hotel’s function rooms, along with with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, the other Magadalo officers and their supporters as authorities begin their assault on the hotel. I’m inside the Rizal Room. […]

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  16 Comments

Walkout photos

Photos I took from this morning’s march from the Makati courthouse to the Manila Peninsula Hotel:

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  8 Comments

Bracing for an assault

It’s tense here inside the Manila Peninsula Hotel. We’re staying put even after National Capital Region police chief Geary Barias ordered the evacuation of the hotel. The Makati regional trial court has reportedly cited Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and the Magdalo soldiers in contempt of court after they walked out of […]

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  11 Comments

The Oakwood Agreement

Here are the details of the Oakwood Agreement posted on Sundalo: The following are the terms of the Oakwood Agreement, which was approved by the so-called Magdalo soldiers and the government represented by Gen. Roy Cimatu (Ret.): Only the five (5) leaders named will suffer the consequences of the actions of the whole group at […]

November 29, 2007   Posted in: Military  One Comment