Lt. Gen. Romeo Dominguez, at one time ommanding general of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, and most recently retired as chief of the Northern Luzon Command, and who was known for having rescued an American hostage (he quit, apparently over politics), has come out swinging -sort of. It seems he’s bitter over having been passed over for the position of AFP Chief of Staff, so he retired early. His aide had been accused of trying to stir up trouble in order to put the Vice-President in place of the President.
Interviewed on ANC, asked if there’s the chance of a coup, he replied, “it depends on your definition of a coup d’etat.” He said, “we have thinking soldiers now.”
He believes those implicated in the “Garci” tapes should be investigated, “to help these people clear their name also.”
He has a gigantic Arawana fish at home. I think that was the most news-worthy outcome of that rambling interview. (Update: ok, so he wants other generals to quit, too).
Jove updates with the results of a (Flintstones-like) “gay old time” at the Palace, with Cebuano politicians all taking pot-shots at John O. The “Solid South” now has two renegades: Rep. Clavel Martinez, and former senator Osmena.
Update: Rigoberto Tiglao clarifies on ANC that neither person who recently left the administration (Guidote or Garchitorena) had cabinet rank. They were both consultants, Guidote to the Communications Director, Garchitorena, directly to the President on a honorary basis. The way it works is a Presidential Adviser is of cabinet rank, while a Presidential Assistant is usually an Assistant Secretary or Undersecretary.