Wednesday, March 02, 2005

NR0303:Malacanang's EO on National ID system

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release March 3, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Solon decries Malacanang's attempts to ram through Natl ID system via Executive Order; says dictatorship is essentially in place

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today expressed outrage over Malacanang's attempts to sidestep and sideswipe all opposition to the proposed national ID system by issuing an executive order.
Beltran said that that the Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship is now in place.

"President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo keeps issuing executive orders to preempt any legislative or judicial action or decision on crucial economic, political and even military issue. This attempt to ram in the national ID system by creating it via an executive order should be opposed and exposed as clear and glaring proof that there now exists a Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship. The president might as well abolish both Houses of Congress because she has all but stripped the House of Representatives and the Senate of their functions. Her executive orders essentially carry the same weight and purpose as the laws passed and enacted by both Houses, but these EOs did not go through the legally-prescribed process of deliberations and public discussion," he said.

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that the proposal for national ID system dates back to 1997, but strong opposition from human rights groups and civil libertarians as well as other anti-dictatorship guardians have succeeded in defeating its creation and implementation.

"Now here comes Pres. Arroyo breaking the national ID system Gordian Knot by slicing right through it with an executive order," he said.

Beltran said that President Arroyo has assigned military men in crucial government positions such as the Department of Interior and Local Government and even the Department of Public Works and Highway, thereby strengthening the militarization of what should be a civilian-run bureaucracy.

"Malacanang and its spin-doctors are trying to pass off the national ID system as simply a matter of improving institutional efficiency, but the truth is the Filipino people have no desperate need for another ID. Billions will be spent for the creation of the IDs, their processing and the dissemination of information regarding it. These billions are better off being used for the generation of employment, the improvement of health, education and housing services. The administration is most likely brokering a massive deal with the private sector for the ID system; but it's not just the business motive that bolstering these efforts. Malacanang is obeying the orders of the US that an ID system be implemented so that a more efficient way of spying on the Filipino people can be established. Malacanang wants to out up a more comprehensive database on the civilian populace, and keep track of individuals who oppose its anti-people policies and programs," he said. #


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