Sunday, March 13, 2005

NR0311:Transparency in assessment/sale of Marcos assets

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release March 11, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Rep. Beltran demands transparency in assessment, sale of seized Marcos assets; says Human Rights victims of the dictatorship should have a say in what happens to the assets

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today demanded transparency in the process the Bureau of Internal Revenue will undertake as it proposes to transfer the titles of seized assets of ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a move to collect up to $42 billion in unpaid taxes.

"If the BIR will push through with such a move and most likely it will be assisted with other government agencies, there should be full transparency and accounting for every single asset and the financial equivalent or value of each," he said. "The ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses rightfully belong to the Filipino people, particularly to the millions of impoverished farmers, workers and urban and rural poor who bore the brunt of the Marcos' dictatorial rule and massive bureaucrat capitalism," he said.

Beltran said that he will file a motion calling on the BIR as headed by Commissioner Guillermo Parayon to copy furnish his office as well as the organizations of human rights victims of t he Marcos dictatorship regarding all the Marcos asserts the BIR has seized.

"We don't want the Macapagal-Arroyo government to immediately get its hands on these assets only to sell them for a huge profit and disregard the campaign of human rights victims for indemnification. The sale of Marcos assets should primarily go the victims of the dictatorship and directly to a genuine agrarian reform program for the country's farmers," he said. "The basic sectors and their representatives and organizations who battled the Marcos dictatorship should have a say in the what happens to these assets. This is not just a revenue generation measure or a tax collection issue, but a matter of justice and indemnification," he said.#


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