The Philippines: Mutiny in Mindanao

Mutiny in Mindanao

When mutineers led by renegade Colonel Alexander Noble overran three military garrisons in the southern island of Mindanao last week with barely a shot fired, observers 500 miles away in Manila feared that a slow-motion coup attempt was under way. According to that scenario, long touted by the military underground, sympathetic "bloodless" revolts would spring up in Luzon and elsewhere in the country, eventually inducing soldiers in and around Manila -- the fence-sitters of previous uprisings -- to side with the rebels simply by refusing to obey orders from generals loyal to President Corazon Aquino.

For once, Aquino acted swiftly. Instead...

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