- Yesterday, WMR reported on Vice President Dick Cheney's
involvement with a Philippine espionage ring operating out of his White
House office that provided Philippine opposition figures with damaging
classified information on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gleaned from
U.S. intelligence sources, including communications intercepts. Cheney
was miffed that a company tied to his old firm Halliburton was prevented
by Macapagal-Arroyo from employing and recruiting thousands of low wage
slaves from the Philippines for dangerous work in Iraq.
- Cheney behind Philippine coup attempts
- Today, there are reports from Manila that a retired general,
Fortunato Abat, has illegally named a "transition government"
to replace that of Macapagal-Arroyo.
- Arroyo-Macapagal was in Kuala Lumpur attending an Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at the time of the coup attempt.
Last week, the building housing the offices of Macapagal-Arroyo's husband
was strafed by gunfire and the leader of a 2003 attempted coup against
Macapagal-Arroyo, Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon, was allowed by his military
guards to escape from prison and join Abat's forces. Last May, there was
yet another military uprising against Macapagal-Arroyo.
- U.S.-influenced media in the Philippines is calling for
the President to step down, citing dubious opinion polls. It appears that
even revelations that Mr. Cheney's "work up" on Macapagal-Arroyo
and provision of sensitive U.S. intelligence to Philippine opposition forces
did not dissuade him from continuing his plan to topple Macapagal-Arroyo
and replace her with a client willing to send Filipino workers back to
Iraq. That plan is currently underway in the Philippines and a military
government is looming on the horizon.