Sen. Antonio Trillanes reveals alleged "secret government plot," reasons behind 2003 Oakwood mutiny against GMA

(SPOT.ph) Just before the eighth anniversary of the 2003 Oakwood Mutiny, Sen. Antonio Trillanes revealed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer the circumstances surrounding the uprising. Trillanes, who led a group of rebel military troops to a coup against then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the upscale Oakwood hotel, was elected to the Senate in 2007 and applied for amnesty in 2010.



Days prior to the coup, Trillanes said he met up with the former President to question the Oplan Greenbase project, an alleged secret plot to aggravate terror in Mindanao and pin it on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in an effort to draw more anti-terrorism funds. "I had to find out whether President Arroyo was in on it or not. That's how I ended up in Malacañang (on July 13, 2003) to see for myself," he said. But, according to him, Arroyo kept quiet while a general told him: "You know, hijo (son), there are some things you don't need to know."



Trillanes said that encounter convinced him that Arroyo was corrupt. "In that meeting, I saw what a heartless person she was. She did not deserve to stay a second longer in office. She didn't care about the soldiers, about the people. Nothing. The only thing she cared about was her image as President. I saw it, believe me. I felt it. Which was why my determination was firmed up."

 

However, the rebel-turned-senator clarified that the attempted coup was not targeted at any politician. "Oakwood was ours, and it was not connected to any politician.  If some people took advantage of our gripes, it was no longer our problem, even if we paid for it. We would like to believe that we did it for the right reasons. It was never about power, or money."

 

For more on this story, log on to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, ABS-CBN News, and GMA News.

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