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30 Years of Military Coups and Adventurism in the Philippines

About 100 people died in one of bloodiest coups in history

Some of President Rodrigo Duterte's opponents are warning of discontent in the Philippine military over his outreach to insurgents and criticisms of key security ally the U.S. Despite no signs of instability, the Philippines is no stranger to uprisings, whether by soldiers or civilians. While some were successful, most failed.

November 2007

Philippine armed forces stormed a luxury hotel in Manila’s business district on Nov. 29, ending another coup attempt by Philippine Navy officer Antonio Trillanes.

Feb. 2006

President Gloria Arroyo declared a state of emergency on February 25 after uncovering a coup plot. Several military and police officials, as well as an opposition congressman, were arrested.

July 2003

On July 27 more than 300 junior military officers led by Trillanes took over a hotel in the Makati district. His group surrendered within the day.

Philippine Marines block a road intersection Sunday, July 27, 2003 at the financial district of Makati, Manila close to where rebels soldiers occupied an apartment building.  Rebellious soldiers demanding the Philippine government's resignation have occupied an expensive apartment, stormed a major commercial center and wired it with explosives. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo extended the deadline she gave the mutineers until 7:00pm (1100gmt) to surrender or face milittary action. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
Philippine Marines block a road intersection on July 27, 2003.
Photographer: Pat Roque/AP Photo

January 2001

Street protesters forced President Joseph Estrada to resign on January 20 after his aborted Senate impeachment trial. He was succeeded by his vice president, Gloria Arroyo.

October 1990

The last coup attempt against President Corazon Aquino took place on Oct. 4 when rebel soldiers raided an army base on the southern island of Mindanao. The rebels surrendered after two days.

December 1989

On Dec. 1, rebel aircraft attacked the presidential palace while their comrades seized a government-run TV station, several military camps, and occupied the Makati commercial district. More than 100 people were killed before they surrendered on Dec. 8.

August 1987

Soldiers led by Colonel Gregorio Honasan attacked the presidential palace in one of the most serious coup attempts against Aquino. More than 50 people died.

Philippine President Corazon Aquino addresses her country on television following a coup attempt which wounded her son, Friday, August 28, 1987. Reports indicate 25 were killed and 275 wounded in a mutiny reportedly led by a former aide to Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. The picture was made from a television monitor during a CNN broadcast. (AP Photo)

Corazon Aquino addresses her country on television following a coup attempt that wounded her son, Benigno Aquino, on August 28, 1987.

Source: AP Photo

July 1987

Aquino’s government discovered another coup attempt in which members of the military plotted to take over the main airport in Manila. Four officers were court-martialed.

April 1987

Known as "Black Saturday," more than 50 soldiers raided the army headquarters near the capital. The rebellion was quashed the next day. One soldier was killed.

January 1987

About 100 soldiers led by Colonel Oscar Canlas seized the main compound of GMA Network Inc. while other troops tried to capture an air force base in Cavite province south of Manila. At least one rebel soldier died.

November 1986

Aquino faced her second mutiny attempt when her government uncovered the "God Save the Queen" plot to unseat her led by Juan Ponce Enrile, a former Defense Minister under Ferdinand Marcos.

July 1986

Less than six months after replacing Ferdinand Marcos as president, Aquino faced the first of at least nine coup attempts when about 500 soldiers loyal to Marcos took over the Manila Hotel, one of the most famous in the Philippines. The coup attempt ended without violence two days later.

February 1986

Backed by a military faction called Reform the Armed Forces Movement, surging street demonstrations helped force Marcos to step down as president after 21 years in power. 

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 1986 file photo, a Filipino youth slashes an oil painting of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a stick as looters stormed the Presidential Palace in Manila, Philippines. The riots followed the resignation of the Marcos', forced to flee after the People Power Movement uprising. The Philippines' "people power" revolt 25 years ago was more like a street fiesta than an angry protest to bring down a dictator. (AP Photo/Mari Vargas, File)

A protester slashes an oil painting of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos as looters stormed the Presidential Palace in Manila on Feb. 25, 1986.

Photographer: Mari Vargas/AP Photo
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