Last Saturday, we were busy burning the lines trying to confirm reports that Malacañang was sounding our foreign embassies of the possibility of Gloria Arroyo declaring a state of emergency.
The information we got was, she will do it today to pre-empt the brewing unrest in the military. With the snowballing protest in almost all sectors of society, the missing ingredient is the military.
AFP Chief Hermogenes Esperon and Philippine National Chief last Monday staged a unity walk to prove to the world that men in uniform are solid behind Arroyo.
Here comes the PNP telling Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court confirming that there are indeed members of the military who are raring to oust Arroyo.
The information was contained in the motion by Police Chief Inspector Joel Manuel Ana, head of the PNP Custodial Center, to postpone the arraignment of 18 persons involved in the Nov. 29 incident being accused of rebellion led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim because of “reliable intelligence reports of a possible public uprising or movement organized by Junior Military Officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other armed and militant groups aimed at overthrowing the present administration, taking advantage of the massive and collective organization of protesters commemorating the 1986 EDSA Revolution.”
Ana further said, “Without belaboring the obvious, the continuous involvement of the accused relative to the various organized communal action designed to overthrow the duly constituted administration poses a very serious threat, should the accused come out in the open and be exposed to the media this very critical point in time, not only to the lives of the accused but also to the life and security of the court personnel, the security personnel who will escort the accused to and from Camp Crame Custodial Center, including the persons who will attend the scheduled arraignment…”
It seems it’s not only the PNP who has info on the reported impending uprising because the lawyer of Trillanes, Atty. Ernesto Francisco also filed for a postponement of the arraignment “for security reasons”.
It seems that Trillanes group have also gathered info about trouble today and they don’t want to be used as scapegoats.
The court granted the two motions.