By TC Concepcion and Gerry Albert Corpuz
Manila, Philippines-Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday said the conspiracy theory invoked by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on an alleged plot to bring about a “bolder Martial Law” beyond the province of Maguindanao is 80 percent correct.
According to Sen. Santiago, the four suspects behind the purported plot for bolder Martial Law were the powerful Ampatuan clan believed to be responsible for the Nov.23 massacre of 57 persons, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a cabal supported by a group of military officials including defense and interior secretaries and a new Reformed the Armed Forces Movement that mounted a series of coup attempts against the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino.
“The missing link is President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who constitutes the other 20 percent of the equation. The four layers of suspects identified by Senator Santiago represent the majority 80 percent of the Martial Law equation. The new RAM however will represent a segment of the reactionary AFP allied with or pampered by the Arroyo government,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.
But Hicap lauded Santiago for coming out with a brave statement and courageous analysis despite removing President Arroyo from the Martial Law equation. “We will give Senator Santiago the well deserved credit for rising above the occasion to tell the Filipino people that this Martial Law animal in Maguindanao is not meant to give justice to victims of the Ampatuan massacre but to use the victims’ names to justify the imposition of military dictatorship,” added Hicap.
The Pamalakaya leader agreed with Santiago the objective of the alleged conspiracy was to seize power and preempt the holding of national elections next year.
“The installation of a military junta to spoil the 2010 general elections and the across-the-nation declaration of Martial Law is the principal objective of the ruling political syndicate in Malacanang. President Arroyo and her most trusted national security operator—Defense secretary Norberto Gonzalez have been obsessed with this scenario since the discovery of the Hello Garci tapes in 2005,” said Hicap.
Pamalakaya said it was convinced the Ampatuan massacre was the brainchild of top national security officials of the Macapagal-Arroyo government to justify the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province, and that the succeeding events in Maguindanao including the ambush of military convoy and the hostage taking in Basilan and Agusan del Sur were part of the game plan to convince the public that it was time to impose Martial Law not only in Mindanao but in the entire country.
Pamalakaya believed the powerful Ampatuan clan was coaxed and motivated by national security operators of Malacanang to commit the mass murder of people to stop the rival clan from pursuing their bid to wrest the control of political power in the province, justify the imposition of Martial Law and spoil the holding of elections in 2010.
“In committing the carnage to justify the declaration of Proclamation 1959 and the failure of elections in Maguindanao, the biggest winners here are President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Ampatuans who shared the same vision of keeping their posts by all means,” it said.
“This regime led by Ms Arroyo is very much obsessed with the declaration of Martial Law. The current terrorist Manila government has been plotting Martial Law since it assumed the presidency and its rallying call is to do whatever it can do to justify martial rule. The Ampatuan massacre is part of the game plan for Martial Law,” Pamalakaya added.
“Secretary Gonzalez, the silent operator of the terrorist and national security obsessed regime has been pushing for the declaration of Martial Law in the name of President Arroyo’s political survival. Perhaps, by creating intrigues, hatred and war between the rival clans in Maguindanao, the government could achieve its objective, which is the declaration of Martial Law that could be expanded in other provinces and Philippine territories the soonest time possible ahead of the May 2010 elections,” the group explained. #