MANILA, Philippines?Even as one lawmaker described it as ?a lot of ideological gobbledygook,? leaders of the House of Representatives said the government should closely monitor the group of former national security adviser Norberto Gonzales, who is reportedly behind fresh attempts to destabilize the four-month-old Aquino administration.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. warned the group, which calls itself Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S), against agitating the military, saying doing so ?is a crime in itself.?
?In our political system, these things always happen. And if you are in this game and you find it too hot, you should not be in this game. Some people really have nothing better to do than criticize,? he told reporters in an interview.
Gonzales is reportedly among the convenors of the anti-Aquino group, which took out a full-page newspapers ads last Tuesday, declaring a vacancy in all elective positions because of the ?unconstitutionality? of the May 10 elections.
It also called on the Armed Forces to ?fulfill its constitutional mandate? and immediately support the group in making sovereignty ?a full reality in our country.?
Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon, said Gonzales has a lot to explain for the surfacing of the group.
?I think that is a lot of ideological gobbledygook, but they may be bordering to subversion by what they are saying and what they are advocating,? the former senator said in a phone interview.
Biazon, who served as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the term of former president Corazon Aquino, said the fresh move by the group could be traced to the seminars Gonzales conducted among soldiers when he was still National Security Adviser.
Gonzales served as the country?s chief security adviser of Aquino?s predecessor, former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He was also the secretary of National Defense towards the latter part of the Arroyo administration.
Biazon said he raised this matter when he was still a senator after getting information from soldiers about the seminars being conducted by Gonzales.
?The gist of the seminar was all about liberal democracy being rotten, . . . that?s why they said they need radical change,? Biazon said.
?Now that they are at it again, I think government must monitor this very closely because they are now bordering to committing this subversion,? he added.
Allies of the administration said the people should reject the ?shadowy? group and stand behind the President.
?The people should reject this shadowy group S4S because it is nothing but destabilization group which will resort to grand deception just to achieve its objectives. . . . It is very early for too much politicking. We have so much problems than politics. The Aquino administration should just ignore the S4S and its unfounded advocacies,? Evardone said in a text message.
Deputy Speaker and Quezon Representative Lorenzo ?Erin? Tañada Said the move will not gather support from the people who overwhelmingly elected Aquino in the May elections.
?I don?t think the people who elected PNoy (Aquino) will allow the GMA (Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo) forces to step in even if PNoy?s rating plunges because PNoy was legitimately elected by the people without a ?Hello Garci.? The people will not support the GMA opposition as an alternative knowing her track record as president,? Tañada said.