Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July 6, 1986: "Acting President” Tolentino with Marcos Loyalists takes over Manila Hotel!

Amidst Marcos loyalists, Arturo Tolentino (LEFT, with  microphone), former Senator, Assemblyman
and Ferdinand Marcos’ running mate in the 1986 elections, claimed his Constitutional right as “acting President”.
(Photo from the June 26, 1987 issue of Philippines Free Press)

Barely four months after the restoration of democracy, the Corazon Aquino Presidency of the Philippines was threatened by rebel forces, under the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, who had taken over the Manila Hotel on July 6, 1986. 
Marcos and Tolentino 1986 Campaign poster

A group of military officers loyal to the deposed President, Ferdinand E. Marcos, takes over the Manila Hotel and declares Arturo Tolentino, who was Mr. Marcos's vice presidential running mate, as President. They surrender two days later.

The Filipino people did not stir though, and the rebellion was soon put down.

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