Philippine military unveils coup conspiracy
The Philippines army exposed a vast plot to kill President Gloria Arroyo and establish a junta government.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 22:08 IST
The Philippines army on Monday exposed a vast conspiracy among members of the opposition alliance in a plot to kill President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and establish a junta government.
"It appears that the president is included in the (assassination) attempt. Part of the plan is the attack on the Philippine Military Academy in February during the homecoming," army spokesman Tristan Kison told reporters at a press conference at the army headquarters.
Kison said documents seized after the arrest of Lawrence San Juan, an army officer, last week revealed the coup plot.
In July 2003, Juan led a failed coup known as the 'Oakwood Mutiny' when around 300 men had seized the upscale Oakwood apartments in Makati city, home to business executives and diplomats.
Dubbed "Oplan Final Talk 2", the plan had three goals -- to assassinate the president and top government officials, install a transition government and change the system of government.
Kison said the members of the opposition alliance were disgruntled military officers, rebels, leftists, rightists, members of the political opposition and some NGOs.
He added that a group of junior military officers who led the failed Oakwood mutiny in 2003 had forged an alliance with the New People's army rebels for the government takeover.
Arroyo placed Philippines under a state of national emergency last Friday and ordered the military and police to arrest opposition forces involved in an alleged plot to topple the government.