Friday, December 10, 2004

NR1124:GMA approval ratings

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin B. Beltran
News Release November 24, 2004
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, chief of staff
Celphone number 09213907362

Recovery of GMA's approval ratings not incumbent on US ties; protests
against endless OPHs directed against administration

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran expressed strong disagreement with
administration allies and their assertion that President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo's approval ratings will recover because of the renewed warmth
of the US government towards her.

"This is strictly wishful thinking on the part of Pres. Arroyo and her allies.
So long as oil prices continue to increase, and electricity and water rates to
go up along with the prices of basic goods, Pres. Arroyo's approval ratings
will remain low and continue to go down. As far as consumers and the poor and
working people are concerned, no number of hours of talks between Pres. Arroyo
and US Pres. George Bush will make a dent in the poverty they are experiencing
as a direct result of the anti-national policies the Philippine government is
implementing," he said.

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that the US government's
thawing towards its Philippine counterpart was not at a positive sign. "The
renewal of supposedly friendly ties between the US and the Philippines is not
something t he Filipino people should rejoice for. The US' only objective for
maintaining links with the Philippines is purely mercenary. The US' latest
'gift" of additional military aid has a lot of strings attached to it:
mainly, it's a quid pro exchange wherein the US will give increased military
aid and other financial loans if the Philippines w ill push f or reforms
in its economic policies that w ill make it easier for US investors to
further plunder the economy."

Beltran said that the nationally-coordinated protest actions and transport
strikes scheduled tomorrow are also directed against the Arroyo administration,
not just against the oil cartel of Shell, Caltex and Petron. He said that
Pres. Arroyo has accomplished nothing by way of stopping t he oil price hikes
and the electricity rate increases and much less providing jobs for millions
of unemployed Filipinos.

"Pres. Arroyo's popularity and approval ratings will continue to plummet
because she is doing nothing at all to curb the greed of the oil companies,
Meralco and Napocor. The shocking exposes of massive corruption involving the
armed forces of the Philippines also expose the inutility of the government
in fighting corruption. The people's grinding poverty coupled with the
attacks the government continues to launch against their economic welfare is a
volatile mix that will inevitably result in more social uprisings directed
against Pres. Arroyo."#


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