There are circulating text rumors that President Arroyo will declare martial law. I received this forwarded text message twice this morning:
GMA will declare martial law on or before June 21. Larry Mendoza and Berroya to command SOT’s. 500 bushmaster automatic weapons for berroya’s hit squads have arrived. If the plan is exposed baka matakot si GMA. Ikalat na. The plan includes closing mass media and all cell phone. There is some resistance in the AFP. For sure, key personalities will be arrested.
Rumors are just that–rumors. This could be a scheme to divert people’s attention away from Gloriagate. Or this could be a way to scare people from going to the streets. Maybe it’s a warning to those who have Hello Garci on their cellphones. Probably it’s just another Gloria joke.
I think Mrs. Arroyo is intelligent enough to resort to martial law to save her crumbling strong republic. But if she denies this, let us prepare and be vigilant. She may not be as vocal as Miriam Santiago (the one who proudly admitted: “I lied! Bwahahaha!”) but we know her history.