Senators belittle rumor of destabilization

October 26, 2011 10:15 pm 

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Oct. 26 – Several senators belittled on Wednesday the rumor of destabilization, saying it would not succeed due to the sincerity of President Benigno Aquino III to solve the situation in Mindanao following the killing of 19 soldiers in Basilan encounter last week.

”It will not succeed because there is a sincere effort of the President to solve the peace and order in Mindanao through peaceful peace negotiation,” Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan said.

Pangilinan said President Aquino enjoyed a very high trust rating and any move to oust him through coup plot would not be supported by the Filipino people.

Senator Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan agreed with Pangilinan, adding that there was no basis for any group to destabilize the government, allegedly as a result of restlessness in the military.

”We have a President who is enjoying very high trust rating with a very clear delineation of the hierarchy of commanders – from the Commander-in Chief- to the Secretary of Department of National Defense to the Chief of Staff – down to the service commanders and the lower commanders, very intact,” Honasan said in a phone patch interview.

Honasan, who spearheaded several coup attempts during the time of the late former President Corazon Aquino, believed also that even a group associated with former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had no reason to create destabilization.

”There is no basis for that assessment or statement. I consider it a rumor. No basis for any statement. It will not succeed,” Honasan said.

Honasan, a former military colonel, said the military was solid behind President Aquino, son of former President Cory Aquino.

“There’s no credible personality inside and outside the military organization that can pull it off. Of course, the last but very critical ingredient is if it would generate popular support,” Honasan said.

Honasan said the military had no time for “this kind of rumor” of destabilization because they were busy in going after the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels responsible for the killing of the 19 soldiers.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, another former military officer, doubted the coup attempt although he confirmed the statement of Malacanang that there was a destabilization plot against the present administration.

“Yes. It is consistent with the information that we have gathered. But whether it would go beyond a coup rumor, I seriously doubt it,” said Trillanes in a report of

“While, admittedly, the morale is low right now, this is but normal and will probably wane soon. Being allowed to conduct pursuit operations will help ease their restiveness,” Trillanes said.

Trillanes has also spearheaded major coup attempts against the Arroyo administration.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, a lawmaker from Mindanao, urged a stop to coup rumors which the military leadership had already denied.

“Those fueling rumors of a coup against the duly-elected President are doing a great disservice to the country. If they want power for themselves, they should wait until the next elections in 2016, and refrain from dividing the military for their self-serving ends,” Pimentel said.

“President Aquino has done nothing wrong that would merit his removal by extra-constitutional means or a coup d’etat. I fully support his stand of all-out justice instead of all-out war against the MILF,” Pimentel said.

“All-out war could mean not just loss of many lives on both sides, but the displacement of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children, from their homes and sources of livelihood. It is totally irresponsible to call for all-out-war without considering the dire consequences,” Pimentel said. (PNA) RMA/jfm


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