Former Colonel and now Senator Gregorio Honasan together with the members of RAM.
Former Colonel and now Senator Gregorio Honasan (right) together with the members of RAM.
The CIA documents were published in several foreign news websites like CNN and BBC news and the document published in Mindavote was discovered by Carlos Munda.
The document disclosed by Munda is only one of the 13 million pages of documents published by the CIA after a non-profit freedom of information group, MuckRock, sued the CIA to force it to upload the collection.
According to the document, Cory Aquino asked for U.S assistance to crush the rebels who wanted to topple her government by using F-4 Phantom Jets.
Fortunately, American officials refused to bomb and strafe because of political risks of killings Filipinos. The F-4s flew over Metro Manila in a show of force that sent a clear message to rebel soldiers of what was in store for them if they persisted with their Cory ouster moves.
The documents also showed that 12 opposition congressmen condemned the action of United States of America and the Aquino government for asking military assistance from a foreign power.
Former President Corazon Aquino faced six failed plots to overthrow her government.
The most serious coup attempt happened during December 1989 when members of Reform the Armed Forces Movement (RAM) led by former Colonel and now Senator Gregorio Honasan almost captured the presidential palace.
But it was completely defeated by the Philippine Government on December 9, 1989 with the help of U.S.
This is what the document said.
MON DEC 04 8:58:12 1989
DOW-QA PHILIPPINE DEFENSE CHIEF SAYS U.S INITIATED OFFER TO HELP E0495
QUELL REBEL UPRISING
MANILA – (DJ) — DEFENSE SECRETARY FIDEL RAMOS SAID MONDAY THE U.S OFFERED MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO CRUSH A MUTINY BY DISSIDENTS SEEKING TO TOPPLE PRESIDENT CORAZON AQUINO.
LAST FRIDAY, AQUINO ASKED FOR U.S ASSISTANCE IN CRUSHING THE MOST SERIOUS ATTEMPT TO OUST HER FROM POWER. U.S WARPLANES PROVIDED AIR COVER TO ALLOW PHILIPPINE FORCES TO ATTACK THE REBELS. U.S. AND FILIPINO OFFICIALS SAY THE U.S. F-4 PHANTOM JETS DID NOT FIRE A SHOT AND CEASED OVERFLIGHTS SATURDAY MORNING.
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES AND THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTED LAST WEEKEND THAT THE AQUINO GOVERNMENT ASKED FOR AIR STRIKES BUT U.S OFFICIALS REFUSED BECAUSE OF POLITICAL RISKS IN KILLING FILIPINOS.
RAMOS TOLD REPORTERS THAT U.S. AMBASSADOR NICHOLAS PLATT OFFERED U.S HELP TO AQUINO “IN VERY GENERAL TERMS.” RAMOS SAID AQUINO TOLD PLATT TO DISCUSS THE OFFER WITH MILITARY OFFICIALS. “FRANKLY, I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED ON THE VOLUNTARY OFFER ON THE PART OF THE U.S. GOVERMENT TO PROVIDE US ASSISTANCE,” RAMOS SAID.
ON MONDAY, OPPOSITION MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE FILED A RESOLUTION ” CONDEMNING (THE UNITED STATES) IN THE STRONGEST TERMS POSSIBLE AS UNNECESSARY AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL” FOR ASSISTING MILITARILY. THE RESOLUTION FILED BY 12 OPPOSITION CONGRESSMEN, CALLED THE REQUEST BY THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT ” A SHAMELESS ACT OF SURRENDER OF SOVEREIGNTY TO A FOREIGN POWER.”
MONDAY DEC 4, 1989 06:53
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