I was passing by the big TV screens in the newsroom in the office when I caught glimpse of the news - "Soldiers take over a Manila hotel, demanding Arroyo's resignation". I had to stop of course and watch the news. (I was in fact surprised that Trillanes is a 'senator'! C'mon, people! What were we thinking?)
Then I decided to take a short walk - took the lift and inside the lift, what do I get? A small TV screen that details how Trillanes and the rest took over the Peninsula in the Makati CBD.
Jeez. I wondered to myself, "Not again."
Anyway, a couple of hours later, the news channel was broadcasting something else - that "soldiers surrender for the sake of the people".
I had to pinch myself.
For the sake of the people? For the people's safety? Are you nuts? Why do it in the first place? To make a statement? Couldn't it have been done some other way?
Anyway, I picked up this quote from Under the Canopy: Mutiny with a conscience which I assume would be Trillanes' "wise words":
"We're going out for the sake of the safety of everybody, for your sake because we cannot live with our conscience if some of you get hurt or get killed in the crossfire," said Trillanes, addressing the media.
Man, Philippine politics really is something.