Part 2: INC Rebellion - INC's role in the rebellion plot
[The plot was said to have been aborted on the 29th of April because of "top-level disagreement between the plotters regarding how the plot is to be carried out, and also about money, where almost half of the P1-billion mobilization budget could not be accounted for.]
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At any rate, President Macapagal-Arroyo and her advisers were not taking any chances. Expecting the worse, the government dispatched an anti-coup contingent from Camp Aguinaldo to the Commonwealth Ave.-two armored personnel carrier s, six trucks of soldiers, one L-300 van and one vehicle that looked like a television OB van.
The contingent, part of the larger strike force Task Force Libra stayed in the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) compund, just a stone's throw away from the central office of the INC, where its leader, Executive Minister Erano Manalo also lives.
The soldiers, all from the Army called in from Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, were supposed to bring down the transmitter of Net 25 inside the INC compund, once a coup against the administration was launched.
According to an INC member who was inside the central officehimself on the night of April 28, its leadership had learned of the plan. "Yung L-300 nila dumaan pa sa Shell station malapit sa UP para bumili ng softdrinks. May tatlo silang tao na naka-motorsiklo umiikot-ikot. Lalo silang nahalata," the INC member said.
An INC security man accosted one of the three men prowling near the INC entrance and later arrested the two others. The three were turned over to a police official who supposedly called up Senator Enrile who in turn allegedly called up Camp Aguinaldo, the Army Headquarters, about it. Task Force Libya contingent was subsequently pulled out of PAEC.
Military agents confirmed the arrests but denied any mission to knock out Net 25. The dispatch of the contingent had been intended only as a show of force and a defensive move in case the plotters used the television station, a military source said.
Part 4: The government's attempt to reach out to the INC leadership
Part 5: INC Rebellion - The deal with Manalo
Part 6: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo makes a personal visit to Manalo