Presidential Legal Counsel Sergio Apostol’s hints on the granting of pardon to the nine Magdalo soldiers who pleaded guilty to government charges seems to be part of the psy-war operations of the Arroyo administration.
Somehow, Apostol’s admission that the guilty plea could be the positive factor for the soldiers, led by Army Captains Gerardo Gambala and Milo Maestrocampo, to be granted a presidential pardon and at the same time, denying that there was already an agreement is consistent with Gloria’s virtual policy of mixed signals and political safety.
The admission part sends the signal to the soldiers that remain at the side of Trillanes, Faeldon and Layug that choosing the side of Gambala and Maestrocampo would be better for their future. While the denial part exonerates the Gloria government from any hideous deals that political analysts may infer to be happening.
But even before the pardon issue, the Gambala-Maestrocampo grouplet’s guilty plea obviously is meant to pin down the Trillanes-Faeldon-Layug group. Entering such an admission of guilt is also saying that all others who participated in whatever they have admitted is guilty as well.
As far as I know though, in order to prove guilt on coup de etat charges, conspiracy must be established and if conspiracy is proven, why are the sentences of the nine “guilty conspirators” different from each other?
One thing is for sure though, the Gloria government is conspiring with everyone it can conspire with to persecute anyone who refuses to conspire with their ways.