THE 1987 COUP

August 2, 2003

the night honasan launched the ’87 coup, nagtatrabaho ako sa rock of manila. graveyard shift ako (10 pm to 2 am) kaya minsan doon ako natutulog. target nila ang rj dahil ito yung radio bandido nung edsa revolution. if you were alive during that time, you probably know na dito nag broadcast sina june keithley.

honasan ang his soldiers started to attack during the early morning. they probably split up somewhere in nagtahan. one group attacked malacanang, and the other group moved towards the sta. mesa area on the way to channel 2 and yours truly, who was on board during that time. for some reason, they decided to bypass the radio station and went directly to quezon city. ang kwento sa akin ng mga sundalo na nagbabantay sa amin eh mga kaibigan raw nila ang mga rebelde at nakiusap raw sila na huwag nang taluhin ang rj. in any case, di nga nila pinatulan ang station and they went elsewhere.

ang tower ng rj ay nasa J&T bldg along r. magsaysay blvd. it was then the highest point in that area. to get there, you had to go up a long spiral staircase. one way up, one way down. no escape for me pag nagkataon. hulaan nyo kung paano iihi ang mga dj doon sa tower? sagot: magpapatugtog sila ng mahabang kanta (eg “stairway to heaven”, “in memory of elizabeth reed”, etc.) sabay takbo pababa sa cr ng opisina. i digress. anyway, it’s a good thing hindi sila umakyat and i shudder at the thought of what might have happened if they did. the 87 coup was the bloodiest of them all.

i ride the bus from school in intramuros to work in sta mesa every night. right after the coup, from the malacanang area to sta. mesa, in almost every block, puro burol at lamay ang makikita mo. maraming mga civilians ang namatay nung 87 coup dahil lahat ng mga bystanders along their path ay pinaputukan nila.

ngayon, hehehe, senador na ang leader nila at akala mo kung sinong siga pa rin ang mga ibang sundalo.

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