“Historical events occur, as it were, twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.”
- Karl Marx
What if you staged a coup and nobody came ?
In most instances, this would be a good thing. All coup plotters need to succeed is to capture a few strategic targets and consolidate power while the populace does nothing except stay home and wait for events to unfold. This does not hold true for the Philippines, where everything is topsy-turvy. The failure of expected military defections and the civilian “people power” component to show up doomed Trillanes and company’s attempt to topple President Arroyo.
The day after the failed “revolt” at the ritzy Manila Peninsula (only in the Philippines will an overthrow start NOT with the storming of the centers of power but with the take-over of a plush hotel), there are obvious winners and losers.
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