Magdalo Group

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This article is about the rebel soldiers that staged the Oakwood Mutiny. For other usages, see Magdalo (Disambiguation).


The Magdalo flag used during the July 27 "Oakwood Siege" in Makati City, Philippines.

The Magdalo Group refers to the group of right-wing rebel soldiers, that staged the unsuccessful Oakwood mutiny. The group was led by Ltsg. Antonio Trillanes IV PN, Capt. Gerardo Gambala PA, Capt. Milo Maestrecampo PA, Ltsg. James Layug PN and Marine Capt. Gary Alejano. They took over the Oakwood Center in Makati City and demanded the resignation of senior officers in the AFP & members of the Arroyo Administration, including the president herself. They were later arrested and court-martialed; all except the mutiny leaders were freed. At present, the group is divided into a pro-Arroyo and anti-Arroyo faction, the former having apologized to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo while the latter allegedly attempted bombings, as well as planned to forge alliance with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

In 2008, the group opened up the membership in the Samahang Magdaloto to civilian leaders and volunteers across the country.

2010 elections

The group of rebel soldiers announced their support for Chiz Escudero and promised to deliver a command vote in the 2010 elections. The group also awaits for its accreditation as a political party from the Commission on Elections.

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