DESPITE THE ABSENCE OF ANY INTELLIGENCE REPORT RELATING TO A POSSIBLE OUTBREAK OF VIOLENCE, Mayor General Reynaldo Mapagu, chief of the AFP National Capital Region (NCR) Command placed the entire Metro Manila under BLUE ALERT.
Mapagu, A MEMBER OF PMA CLASS 1978, said that he has activated all his units and has coordinated with his mistah, PNP Director Roberto Rosales, head of the PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to closely monitor movements on the ground.
"Blue alert", the second highest alert, is only hoisted when an attack is deemed "imminent."
Mapagu said he raised the alert level in anticipation of retaliatory attacks from supporters of beleaguered Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan. Today, thousands of troops surrounded the compound of the governor, possibly as a foil against those who would try to protect the governor from arrest. The governor is being blamed for the massacre which killed 62 people in one of history's worst election-related violence.
This "blue alert" is VERY SUSPICIOUS since Mapagu himself ADMITS that there is NO report even indicating that the capital is under serious attack or reports which show that groups are threatening or even planning to stage attacks.
Suspicious also since the AFP NCRCommand is the ANTI-COUP FORCE of the Arroyo administration.
Is Mapagu over-reacting or he's playing his part of the Game of the Generals?