My lovely friends took me to dinner last night at Benjarong at the Dusit Hotel. Excellent Thai restaurant, and there was no coup attempt on the premises. Some notes on that non-event:
1. If you’re launching a coup d’etat, make sure to check the weather report the day before.
2. My favorite part of the ANC coverage was towards the end, when the ringleaders had given up. Ces Drilon was in the 7th floor of The Pen, and she reported that Senator (You voted for him) Trillanes and General Lim (who if memory serves me right has been a major brain behind every coup attempt since the Aquino administration. . .and is still in a position to plot more!) were weeping…”hindi dahil sa sitwasyon kundi dahil sa tear gas” (not from the emotion of the situation but from the tear gas).
3. During his interview on ANC, the Press Secretary said “at this point in time” ten times. Jay-Lo counted. How Radio Veritas circa 1986.
4. Tina: “Trillanes: mutineer, senator, cookbook author, and wannabe glorious martyr.”
5. Another favorite moment: When the police arrived to serve the warrant of arrest, the way was barricaded so they just pressed the warrant against the glass.
6. The coup attempt was covered heavily on CNN and the BBC. Now we’re really going to be taken seriously.
7. Tinigil nila kasi ayaw da nilang dumanak ng dugo. Kung ayaw nilang dumanak ng dugo, bakit nila ginawa? Gago. (The coup plotters gave up because they said they didn’t want bloodshed. Duh, if they didn’t want bloodshed, they shouldn’t have started it. Idiots.)
8. Everyone says they’re ready to die for their country, but no one actually makes good on the threat. Come on, you promised.