Sunday, February 26, 2006
Mike Defensor/Malacañang palace conducts press conference
8:19 pm, Manila Time: Mike Defensor, palace spokesperson, denies Palace hand in the relief of relieved marine commandant General Miranda. Calls for politicians not to meddle and allow the Marines to settle the problem internally. The situation is under control of the Armed Forces, he said. Requested politicians and media to help ease the tension so it wont deteriorate into bloodshed. Calls on soldiers to respect the chain of command, the Constitution, and the institution (marines command).