Games of the Generals and GMA
Manila, Philippines –
An article in Malaya today centered on the renewed call of Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim for the ouster of President Arroyo. Gen. Lim together with Oakwood mutiny leader Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, both currently detained in Camp Crame, led The Manila Peninsula siege last year in an attempt to persuade other military officers to withdraw support from the President.
Their views are shared by a number of civil society groups and church leaders. Likewise, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez and Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias have called on the perople to join the rally on Sunday at the Balintawak monument.
Unfortunately, their cause lack major support from high-ranking military officers who could definitely influence their men to move to action. It’s the very least surprising as GMA seems to have their best interest in mind. Just take a look at the number of police and military officers in the cabinet and civil service organizations. It’s very rewarding for them to be still in power after they retire from service. We have Arturo Lomibao, Hermogenes Esperson, Jr., Eduardo Ermita, Angelo Reyes, Leandro Mendoza, Hermogenes Ebdane, Narciso Abaya, Roy Cimatu, Benjamin Defensor, Roberto Lastimoso, Angel Atutubo, Reynaldo Berroya, and Edgar Aglipay to name a few of police and military officers who have served under GMA’s administration.
As an old Bulatlat article puts it:
There is no doubt that the civilian bureaucracy has become an enclave of military and police officials as a payback for supporting the president and as a means of shielding them from prosecution and accountability over their past misdeeds. Their being embedded in the center of civilian authority only shows the overshadowing presence of military power with the civilian rulers playing second fiddle or just a façade.
And I could not agree more.