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Brief Mutiny Was Pale Shadow of Past Philippine Coups

“We mean no harm! We mean no harm!” shouted the rebel leader as his men laid booby traps around a downtown mall and luxury apartment building here early this morning. For the next 18 hours, a band of 300 junior military officers and troopers barricaded themselves inside the apartment building and demanded the resignation of the president and defense secretary and better equipment for soldiers in the field. By the time they gave up and agreed to return to their barracks this evening, it was clear that this had been only a caricature of the coups and popular putsches that have kept the country on edge for the past 18 years. No shots had been fired; indeed, no guns had been pointed. No real threats had been made by either side. An overheated news conference was the mutineers’ main action, and fatherly talks by senior officers brought the squall to an end. Full Story

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