Rebellion from the Barracks

Posted on April 16, 2007

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(This is the lead essay of the PCIJ’s award-winning book Kudeta: The Challenge to Philippine Democracy and was written by Rigoberto Tiglao, one of the Center’s founding members. Tiglao, is now ambassador to Greece and resigned from the PCIJ board in the late 1990s.)

On November 30, 1989, rebel soldiers attempted a coup d’etat against the government of President Corazon C. Aquino. Although the attempt failed — partly because of the deployment of US Phantom jets — it was a jolt on the Philippine body politic. On the surface, the country seems to have recovered from the shock of a coup that came close to succeeding. The government has been able to arrest key leaders of the mutiny and has managed to keep rebel officers on the run. But the threat of a military rebellion continues: the unrest in the barracks remains a powerful force that could shake the very foundations of Philippine society. Read this story

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