President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo's state of national emergency depends on one thing - her continued hold over the military. Since assuming the presidency through a military-backed 'people-power' revolt in 2001, she has blazed a record among Philippine presidents in appointing the most number of military chiefs and promoting officers to general rank. And as soon as they retire, most are offered juicy posts in the cabinet, the diplomatic service or civilian agencies and departments. Ordinary soldiers also rank high on her list. Of the 11.5 billion pesos ($1.7 billion) in pump-priming released by her cash-strapped government this year 'to finance various pro-poor programmes', the military received nearly half. Her only repeated request to the military has been to 'stand by me'. Last week, she echoed this amid mounting calls for her resignation and a foiled coup attempt. She said: 'I call upon our soldiers not to cede a single town to those who dream of breaking up the country into soviets.' Mrs Arroyo's aides have defended her generosity by saying that soldiers are among the nation's poorest. Still, her pampering has become a cause for concern, especially for those who used to wear the uniform. On Saturday, former president Fidel Ramos issued a stinging rebuke against what he called Mrs Arroyo's 'Marcosian' manner of ensuring loyalty - a reference to the dictator Ferdinand Marcos who made the military his political partner to enforce military rule.