Comments and reactions on the Makati standoff

James Ryan Jonas

The mutiny aka rebellion aka standoff at Ayala, Makati on November 29 led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV drew mixed reactions from various groups in the Philippines. One side praised Trillanes and the Magdalo Group for their courage and determination in fighting for what they believe is right. The other criticized their method and was worried about the negative impact it has on the country.
In the PinoyMoneyTalk forum, a number of members voiced opposition against the commotion, albeit a few concurred with what Trillanes did. Here are a few of these comments culled from the discussion thread Trillanes, Lim, walkout from trial, call for GMA ouster; standoff in Makati.
rael writes:

most pinoys are seeing a positive change in the economy, and that must not be ignored. investors are flocking here because of confidence, unfortunately some of us pinoys don’t see that. even developed countries like the US have corruption. as long as there are human beings in any government, that cannot be avoided. pero we must look at the entire picture. if the entire picture looks bad, magkita-kita tayo sa edsa ulit.
besides, i reiterate a good question, say GMA is taken out of her seat, what the hell next? we’re getting a better line of presidentiables than we had in the past, and the voting public is getting more intelligent. those are something to be optimistic about, and that’s just about two years away, my goodness! di pa makapaghintay?!

greenh99 opines:

Well, to Trillanes or anyone for that matter that plans to attempt the same “activity” – don’t expect anything less to happen to you. You literally held the hotel and the entire city hostage with what you did.
I would have been disappointed with the government if they did anything less. Although I sympathize with what you are claiming to “fight for”, the “means” by which you have taken to get you message across was uncalled for. You downgraded yourself and your “cause” to the level of a man left with no other recourse but to take someone hostage to prove a point. And that’s exactly what you did. You completely disregarded the safety of all the people inside the hotel, the people working around the city, the effects of this to our country’s economy, and the image of the country as a whole. And for what? I still don’t know exactly the point of what you tried to do.

yuuri disagrees:

iilan na lng namn ang mga taong tulad ni trillanes na ipinaglalaban ang ideals….
saka may punto namn ang ipinaglalaban niya….
madali lang natin sabihing itigil na lang ni trillanes ang ginagawa nya, isa din namn tau sa makikinabang anuman ang mgiging kahihinatnan sa ginagawa nila…..
kahit papano magdudulot din namn ceguro ito ng kabutihan…

Fortuner88 explains:

Do you remember there was a movie just some months ago, a group of bank robbers went in a bank, held up everyone inside and made all the bank staff and civilian inside the bank wear clothes like the bank robbers? After each was released from the bank and those that came out together, everybody was retained by the police for processing and interrogation. Why? because the police can’t identify who’s who. Who amongst them are the robbers? The bank staffs? The civilians?
But after interrogation and these people have proved that they are not one of the bank robbers, they were then given clearance and released.
I believe this is exactly what is happening to the media and civilian caught in between. They are not being arrested but just detained for questioning and clearing. This is the correct procedure. ABS CBN Korina Sanchez kept on barking on illegal detainment, mistreatment and rights. She was told by one of ABS CBN crew that they are just being detained for clearing purposes, yet she refused to listen and continued her tirade.
I think she is being carried more by her emotions that her colleagues are caught in between and her being a fair reporter just went with the winds. Tsek! Tsek! Same goes with all those radio reporters blasting away on the air waves…..shouting “Injustice!” thinks:

Mga swapang sila! Biruin mo ang yabang pa nila kanina na di sila susuko at handa makipag bakbakan tapos Teargas lang pala katapat nila. Nagsabi pa si Trillanes na kaya sila susuko kasi ayaw nila mapahamak yung mga civilian na kasama nila sa hotel. Eh di dapat in the first place di na sila nag invite ng tao para sumama sa protest nila early during the day. Its just that they realize that their protest was a big FLOP and they can’t stand the Teargas kaya nagsi suko na sila. Yabang pa niya nang sinabi niya that they will pay for the damages they caused to Manila Pen. Di naman lahat napapalitan ng pera.
I’m not a GMA fan but why don’t we just support our government and move on with life? I think our country will benefit more and prosper on this rather thinking a way to oust GMA.

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James Ryan Jonas teaches business management, investments, and entrepreneurship at the University of the Philippines (UP). He is also the Executive Director of UP Provident Fund Inc., managing and investing P3.2 Billion ($56.4 Million) worth of retirement funds on behalf of thousands of UP employees.