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 morning’s court hearing on the “Oakwood Mutiny,” said they wanted to avoid bloodshed.
“You have been witnesses and victims of the kind of ruthlessness that this administration has been giving to the people,” Trillanes told a press conference. “We’re going out for the sake of the safety of everybody. We cannot live with our conscience if some of you would get killed or hurt in the crossfire.”
There are civilians, including journalists, inside the hotel.
Trillanes said his group was leaving as soon as the tear gas cleared up. “Like soldiers, we are going to face it (the consequences),” he said.
Lim said the officers were indeed ready for the consequences of their act, saying they were performing their duty as “protector of the people and the state.”
“Dissent without action is consent,” the general said.
Lim said today’s action was the offshoot of an “unfinished business,” referring to electoral fraud, and graft and corruption charges against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.