JULY 7, 2009


Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today warned that the next few months will be critical to the opposition as it prepares for the possible declaration of a state of emergency and even martial law if the bombings continue.

“We are expecting Malacanang to draw up a scenario where eventually the opposition will be implicated in bombings and so-called destabilization plots,” he said.

“Executive Secretary Ermita has always said that Mrs. Arroyo will declare martial law if there is chaos and these bombings are intended to create a perception of chaos,” he said.

Four more bomb blasts have been reported today, one outside a church in Jolo, Sulu and another beside a military vehicle in Iligan City . Two other bombs went off Monday at a transmission tower in Lanao del Norte. At least six people have been reported killed and 24 wounded.

Earlier, an explosion rocked the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Cotabato City , Sunday. A total of six people have been reported killed and 30 injured.

The bombing in Cotabato has been blamed on the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Jemayah Islamiya. Muslim rebels, however, said the explosion was the handiwork of the military.

But unlike the first time martial law was declared, Binay said the opposition is ready to defy the administration.

“If the administration thinks that the opposition will meekly accept martial law, they are in for a surprise. We will not sit still and accept such blatant abuse of power,” he said.

Binay said the present situation bore similarities to the months prior to the declaration of martial law in September 1972.

“What we are seeing is a reinvention of the martial law playbook of 1972. But the motive is the same: the hunger for power,” he said.

The opposition leader also said threats of bombings and the military show of force Saturday at Camp Aguinaldo will not deter the opposition in its plans to stage protest actions culminating in a rally during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.


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