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Ignore coup rumors, says Cebu bishop


MANILA, Philippines—The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Tuesday warned Filipinos not to be swayed by rumors of a plot to oust President Benigno Aquino, saying that it won’t do the country any good.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said such a rumor should be ignored as it would only “complicate matters” and cause unfounded fear among the people.

“I just hope that people won’t be susceptible into believing that such report is true and if there really is such a plan. This doesn’t show love at all for the country … it’s not the way to hope for change,” Palma told reporters in an interview at the CBCP office in Intramuros, Manila on Tuesday.

Palma was in the capital Tuesday to preside over the quarterly Permanent Council meeting of the CBCP. The council is composed of 12 bishops representing the three regions of the country.

The leader of the Church hierarchy said he personally didn’t believe in reports of such nature. “I don’t know where it came from and what purpose it serves,” he said.

On Monday, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV divulged that the ouster plot against Aquino was real and that some retired military officers were behind it.

The senator further disclosed that those behind the plot were spreading the rumor that the President had offered communist leader Jose Ma. Sison a Cabinet post.

Trillanes made the disclosure after Aquino said during the anniversary of the Presidential Security Group last week that there were people who wanted him out.

In 2003, Trillanes led the so-called Magdalo group of junior military officers in the Oakwood mutiny, a short-lived coup against then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“My personal opinion on this is that such rumors don’t help because for one, it may bring about fear to others and … it might complicate matters and lead other people to believe there is something very serious happening,” Palma said.

“In general, the reaction of many is that it’s not good that stories like this are spreading and we don’t even know how true is this,” he added.

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  • Tony B

    Wish someone would have a coup and overthrow the church. They should keep out of politics and concentrate on spreading their lies and keeping ignorant people in poverty.

  • JakeReyes

    There was never a coup plot to begin with. 

  • http://www.crocphotos.com/ Catman John

    It would not be too surprising for the two bit fascist Arroyo Lackey Honasan to entertain such an idea since the Arroyos were getting desperate beyond measure of being arrested and put on trial. Honasan looks pretty in uniform, but anyone who pouts for the rich and corrupt, and without conviction for justice and genuine betterment of the people is doomed to fail as Honasan knows about all too well. If Honasan wishes to redeem himself from such an image, and for the sake of the People of the Philippines, he will vote to impeach Corona, otherwise he will still be nothing but a two bit stooge for the corrupt Arroyos.

  • basyong

    ang coup top secret at hindi tsi ni tsismis. ang senatong na trillanes e gusto lang magpapogi dahil malapit na ang eleksyon.sigurado talo ang topak at mangdarambong nato at wala ng ginawang matino sa bayan

  • EdgarEdgar

    Trillanes tried to launch a coup but failed. Then he tried again and failed even more miserably. These days, he’s too cowardly to launch one. So he just spreads rumor about one. But before we listen to anything he says, let’s check out his luxurious lifestyle in Caloocan and his relatives’ sudden prosperity after he became a senator. Gotta give him credit though for spreading the wealth around.


    P-noy is just asking the people’s sympathy in case the CJ gets a no conviction.  Until now he seems to be testing the water as to whose side the people are with.  I don’t know whether this is  paranoia or a plan for something big. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    anong ignore? napa-praning na nga ang haring dilaw kaya nga pinalalakas na niya ang kagamitan ng kanyang mga taga-bantay, ipinuwesto na rin sa mataas na posisyon ang mga tao niya at merong merong nag-sipsip na deputado na bumili ng mamahaling sasakyan.

  • 123dudley

    the only coup rumors are coming from the church, plan had to be scrapped because the church could not find three wise men

  • batchmatters

    Bishop Palma does not know what Sen Trillanes does. The former better tend to his flock.

  • 123dudley

    the only coup plot it coming from the church.. but the church had to scrap the coup plot …no wise men

  • Fulpol

    siguro may connection ang Catholic Church sa communism…

    ayaw ba ni Trillanes ng coup against Noynoy?? baka kasi mapahiya kung sakaling maging successful ang ibang military men, since si Trillanes, puro failure ang mga attempts niya..

    pero tama naman si Trillanes, kasi noong nag-attempt siya ng coup detat, hindi talaga maganda ang effect sa economy ng Philippines..



    hahaha a plot to assasinate BS aquino what a load of crap this guy is truly in state of paranoia our mentally deficient president is getting serious on his malady of his state of mind its now unstable to begin with all this illusion and daydreaming of some group plotting to destabilize this worthless government DREAM ON, WAKE UP mr deficient president your brain is getting sick my goodness what kind of president do we have even this so called trillanes making a saving face for his beloved president a sycophant senator to cover up the big mistake of announcing in front of media that their was a coup plot against this mentally deficient president. what a big leech and lapdog senator trillanes has become for sure he is for the guilty party in the impeachment trial no second guessing for this lapdog senator!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Zahl/1670371040 Steven Zahl

    Who cares what the DAMAS0′s think.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/V4YUKF5KQ4FJSVPN267GBY4HJY Cassie

    ano naman ang standing mo father to tell us to ignore this thing? bakit kapag nagkagulo na ba magagawa ng dasal mong ipatigil lahat? nasaan naba ang separation of church and stat dito sa bansang to, nasa consti pa naman yun.

  • big_boy12

    Ehem, sana hindi na manghimasok ang simbahan sa ganitong usapan. Wala naman silang kapabilidad upang alamin kung totoo o hindi ang sinasabi ni Trillanes. Matagal naman ng walang ginagawa ang simbahan. Nung panahon ba ni PGMA nakialam sila? 10 taon yun, nanahimik lang sila, syempre nakikinabang sila e (sa pondo ng PCSO di ba?). Ngayon, may mga politikal na isyung pinapangalagaan din sila (RH) kaya ang interes nilang ito ang pinapangalagaan nila.

  • http://twitter.com/Tyler_Goes Tyler Go

    Piece of advice, PNoy: Ignore Bishop, listen to Trillanes. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jing-Oreta/100003626163123 Jing Oreta

    We shouldn’t be ignoring rumors like this. The government should take heed to what Trillanes is saying. 

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