Two events stood out in the political field lately. One was the sudden, orchestrated announcements coming from Secretary Favila and from some administration congressmen that charter change is necessary to amend economic provisions. The second was the warning aired by former Secretary of National Defense Nonong Cruz and the organization of Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) that there exists a plot by the GMA administration to institute some form of a state of national emergency or even martial law.
Of course, these are related events and constitute the last desperate moves of a regime bent on staying in power. There is a closing of this window of opportunity brought about by an early election campaign season, the increasing reality of a lameduck presidency, the widening cracks in the ruling coalition, and the raids by presidentiables. The GMA administration faces an immediate deadline for a decision on whether to stay or leave the seat of power.
Whatever the decision is, there will already be damage to its political standing and risk to its rule. Staying on means it would give the go-signal to Cha-cha and some form of emergency rule. Leaving would mean confronting the possibility of prosecution and the end of the Arroyo family’s political life.
What it cannot do is maintain the present situation of plodding on into the 2010 elections. GMA is sure to be the no. 1 issue . Having GMA still in the seat of power means the sure defeat of her candidate or, if there is none, the humiliation of becoming the target for all candidates trying to outdo each other in riding on her record unpopularity.
Desperate are the times for GMA’s people. Therefore, desperate schemes?