MANILA — Opposition leader Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile accused the Aquino administration today of using claims of an impending coup to impose martial law and challenged the government to arrest alleged coup plotters.
President Corazon Aquino meanwhile inspected damage caused by communist New People's Army guerrillas on southeastern Luzon island. Officials said at least 11 people were killed in rebel attacks in the central and southern Philippines during the last 24 hours.
The trip was the president's first outside Manila since a coup attempt Aug. 28 in which 53 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
Enrile made the challenge in a radio interview and again on the Senate floor one day after the government charged that right-wing politicians were plotting to overthrow the government this month.