The komiks web has been ablaze about GMA’s appearance in Secret Invasion, leading a few people to speculate if GMA is a Skrull or not. Take note that the the comic book does not note that GMA is a Skrull in the story or not.
Leinil Francis Yu, artist on Secret Invasion, posts this clarification on his site:
To clarify misconceptions about the double page spread in Issue 5 particularly the inclusion of GMA, the Philippine president:
Filipino bloggers seem to revel in the fact that “she is a skrull”, heck I thought it was fun as well but it may go out of hand. Tho I may share your views on our current government, this particular instance is quite innocent and is merely a shout out to Filipinos. Heck, Stephen Colbert is there. I think she’s in good company.
The skrulls merely used the likeness of influential/recognizable people/characters to convey their message, and is not a revelation of the identities of skrulls in the Marvel Universe. They may or may not be skrulls. Tony Stark and Reed Richards are in the Savage Lands while this broadcast is happening and this should’ve clearly established this.
The list contains people who I find despicable, who I merely view with indifference and ones who I admire. (feel free to guess which is which).
The only criteria Brian Bendis gave was “influential” in different parts of the world and fields.
I hope this clears things up.
to those who haven’t seen the issue yet, simply google: secret invasion gloria arroyo