The latest news from Pulse Asia quickens the, ah, pulse. A solid majority of Filipinos has resoundingly rejected any repeat of martial law: "nearly seven in 10 Filipinos (67 percent) do not see the need to impose martial law despite the many political and economic problems plaguing the country at the moment."
Only one caveat: That particular "moment" was two months (and one impeachment initiative) ago. The survey was conducted from July 2 to 14, way before Congress threw out the impeachment complaints against the President, and before Ermita and then GMA unsheathed the sword of calibrated preemptive response.
In fact, the news about the public’s "latest" sentiment regarding military rule already came out in the papers (in August, I think).
Nothing wrong with a survey firm re-releasing previous results in a timely fashion, of course. But we must realize that the results are time-bound too. It may well be that public opposition to strong-arm tactics has risen since then; but to be completely fair, it is also incumbent on us to consider another possibility: that it has gone down since. Two months is a long time in politics.