PinoySpy News Service (Manila, Philippines) – Fifty junior military officers involved in the failed 2003 Oakwood mutiny will be out of prison in 6 months, this after entering a plea bargain agreement and pleading guilty to five provisions of the Articles of War.
The Magdalo flag draws from the symbolism of the Katipunan
A general court martial sentenced them to imprisonment until January 27, 2008 and dishonorable discharge from the military service. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo approved the sentence under the plea bargain agreement.
The soldiers were among the 61 officers in the so-called Magdalo Group which staged an uprising against the Macapagal administration at the Oakwood Apartments in Makati City in 2003.
They pleaded guilty to violating Articles of War 63 or disrespect toward the President, Vice President, Congress of the Philippines, or Secretary of National Defense; 64 or disrespect toward a superior officer; 67 or mutiny or sedition; 96 or conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman; and 97 or conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline.
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One of their leaders is newly elected Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, who has refused to plead guilty or enter into any “sweet deal” with the administration. He had earlier declared that he will serve out his duty as Senator even while in detention.