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CHRONOLOGY-Recent coups and attempted coups in the Philippines

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Nov 29 (Reuters) - Renegade Philippine soldiers said on Thursday they would leave a Manila hotel after elite forces battered down the door and fired tear gas into the lobby to end their attempted mutiny.

The Philippines has seen more than a dozen coup attempts since the overthrow of President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

Here are some key incidents of unrest since his ouster.

Feb. 1986: A tiny band of mutineers led by Marcos' Defence Secretary Juan Ponce Enrile and military vice chief General Fidel Ramos break away from Marcos, triggering a popular revolt that brings political novice Corazon Aquino to power.

July: About 400 soldiers loyal to Marcos seize the Manila Hotel and declare the formation of a rebel government. Aquino quashes the revolt after 38 hours. The mutineers were given 20 push ups as punishment.

Jan. 1987: Some 300 pro-Marcos soldiers take over Manila's private Channel 7 television station and occupy it for two days before surrendering to the government.

Aug. 1987: Rebel officers, led by charismatic Colonel Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan, occupy army headquarters as part of an attempted military coup. Fifty-three people are killed before the rebels are defeated after 18 hours.

Dec 1, 1989: About 6,000 troops seize three military bases and two television stations in Manila, close the airport and bomb the presidential palace. U.S. President George Bush backs Aquino and American F-4 Phantom jets launch "intimidation flights" over the capital to help end the week-long mutiny.

Jan. 2001 - Defence Secretary Orlando Mercado, armed forces chief General Angelo Reyes and top military and police officers withdraw support from disgraced president Joseph Estrada and help install his vice-president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, to power in a church-backed popular uprising.

July 2003: About 300 junior officers seize control of a luxury apartment in Manila's business district in a one-day mutiny.

Feb. 16, 2006: Troops loyal to Arroyo uncover a plot by rogue soldiers to grab power during a weekend reunion of the country's military academy in a northern mountain resort.

Nov. 29, 2007: About two dozen soldiers, about half whom are on trial for a failed 2003 mutiny, hole up in the luxury Peninsula Hotel in Manila and call for the overthrow of President Arroyo.

Sources: Reuters

Writing by Gill Murdoch; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani Singapore Editorial Reference Unit

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