Angelo Reyes: Police behind President, serving notice to everyone that “government is intent on maintaining peace and order, and will act accordingly… against vested interests…”
There in the State Dining Room are Executive Secretary Ermita, Justice Secretary Gonzalez, Reyes, Neda Chief Romulo Neri. Claudio, there, and Yap is back; also some faces that served with the President prior to 2004; Bunye, Tiglao, Sto. Tomas; DFA Sec. Romulo is apparently “in another room, meeting with a Chinese diplomat.”
Ermita denies knowledge that members of the cabinet intended to resign prior to the President’s announcement. Calls it a “failed cabinet coup” (responding to suggestion from reporter that that was what happened). Reyes: “how does it feel to be on the other side? There is no this side, or that side, there is only the national interest. My job here is to maintain peace and order, and to see to it that chaos and turmoil does not enter the situation.”
Ruth Cabal: did the President consult Jovito Salonga?
Ermita: Yes, but what was discussed, I don’t know. She consulted many people, including members of the cabinet.
Another reporter: You just lost Mike Defensor, Liberal Party has decided to leave the President’s coalition?
Ermita: We don’t know.
What of America?
Ermita: We are glad the US supports the President.
Ermita: He was approached by others, but tells us, he sticks to the President, he sticks to the Constitution…
Tiglao says there’s a split in the Liberal Party; but he will remain loyal to the President and the Constitution and not the party.
Romulo: We just had the Chinese delegation here, with all their ambassadors, from the first one; China supports the President. My meeting earlier with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they support President; Yemen, too; State Department, when I was there, expressed support for the President. I have no doubt whatsoever, that this is a legitimate government.