What happened in Makati today – Part 1

I got home at about 9:00 pm, after covering the Makati stand-off. Here are my notes:

I arrived at Makati City at around 2:00 pm and immediately two armored personnel carriers stationed at the corner of Makati Ave. and Ayala Ave. I also saw about five Navy trucks filled either with Navy men or anti-riot shields.

By 2:30 pm, a Navy official barked orders for Navy men to vacate Makati Avenue fronting the Peninsula Hotel Manila. They boarded the empty trucks while others went to Ayala Avenue. A small number of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s supporters were milling in front of the Filipinas Heritage Library.

At about the same time, about a hundred members of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino appeared at the corner of Ayala Ave. cor Makati Ave. or just across Allied Bank. Navy men with shields blocked their way.

A bit later, a burly police official began walking from the Ayala Ave. side of the Pen towards the PLDT Cojuangco bldg. I heard an amuyong say “anong klaseng reconaissance area ito?” And so I discovered that it was the government forces’ command center and my discovery was confirmed after seeing Gen. Ben Dolorfino there. A phalanx of Marines stopped us from approaching Dolorfino.

About ten minutes later, or at around 3:30 pm, PNP special action forces deployed at the Ayala Ave. side of the Pen were ordered to wear gas masks.

From out of nowhere, PNP’s Gerry Barias appeared on Ayala Ave., shouting “Go! Go! Go!”. In an ambush interview, Barias said that they would be forced to serve the warrant on Trillanes, and that they attack from two sides.

Then, we heard gunshots coming from the area of Allied Bank and PLDT Cojuangco Bldg. Pak! pak! pak! — and off we ran for our lives! I ran non-stop to nearby Ayala Museum for cover. That was about 4:00 pm.

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