Former Defense Secretary Avelino “Nonong” Cruz’es sudden comments on President Arroyo’s alleged plan to stay in office even after the 2010 election is really disturbing. According to him, it is possible that the President will even get to the point of declaring martial law to prevent the opposition or any groups to make her step down. He mentioned that one solid proof of this plan is when Arroyo assigning known Army personalities as Philippine Ambassadors to different countries to take care of external affairs if ever martial law is declared. Whether it is true or false, these allegations from the President’s former alliance is injecting fear to many. We all know that the Philippine military makes a move by the command of the Commander in Chief, their loyalty is to whoever is sitted on the highest position of the government. This makes me wonder, does this mean that the army is more than willing to give up their reputation, principle, and life to a leader than of it’s people whom they also swore to protect?
An information has reached me, that is yet to be confirmed, of course. Allegedly, there is a plan for a coup de etat days before President Arroyo’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 27 and will be headed by a General. My source also added that if things will go according to plan, the military will put a cabinet member, planning to run for president in the 2010 election, as the President, replacing Arroyo. Could this be true? I, myself can not believe this either simply because this cabinet member seemed to be too loyal to betray the President.
Before you make any violent reactions, please stay calm. We aren’t even sure if this is really going to happen. Remember, we Filipinos, if united, have the power to change things. And if you can guess that cabinet member … make sure you aren’t barking at the wrong tree.