The so called ‘assassination plot’ of suspected members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and communist New Peoples Army (NPA) against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can easily be viewed as a chilling prelude to Martial Law.
Earlier today the Presidential Security Group (PSG) led by Brigadier General Romeo Prestoza disclosed that there are indeed reports that the President is being targeted for assassination. He also said even foreign embassies might be hit.
Prestoza’s statement came in the midst of heightening clamor for President Arroyo’s resignation over allegations of multi-million dollar corruption in the government as exemplified in Jun Lozada’s testimonies over at the Senate that a number of Arroyo’s trusted aides and even her own husband pocketed huge sums of ‘kickbacks’ in the overpriced NBN-ZTE deal. Demonstrations are also gaining momentum, with the scheduled big rally on Friday in Makati being viewed as the flashpoint of snowballing protests ala-people power.
This chilling statement from the PSG brings back the ‘ambush me’ scenario that ushered in Martial Law in September 21, 1972. It remains vivid in Filipino’s minds that then defense secretary Juan Ponce Enrile faked his own ambush just to justify the imposition of the military rule in the country. A day after Enrile made public his so called ‘ambush’, several critics of the Marcos Administration were ordered arrested and locked up. Among them were Senators Jose W. Diokno and Francisco “Soc” Rodrigo, lawyer Haydee Yorac, and journalist Amando Doronila.
Are we witnessing another martial law in the making? Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. Did I mention Arroyo has really gone desperate?
And oh, i almost forgot.. Security forces are on full alert since Wednesday night, two days ahead of the planned Makati rally.
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