Sunday, March 13, 2005

NR0314:RP in the running for most violent country

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release March 14, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Philippines not only in the running for being the most corrupt country in Asia, it also qualifies as one of the most violent -Rep. Beltran

In a presscon today at the House of Representatives, Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran said that the Philippines not only in the running for the most corrupt country in Asia, but also it qualifies as among the most violent. He said that the Philippines is a killing field for activists and journalists. "It's always open season for the military, and they hunt down civilians who dare speak out against the government."

"Apart from the structural violence the national government in inflicting on the poor and working people via it's treacherous new tax measures and other economic policies, the government is also in haste to systematize its anti-human rights campaign in the intention of silencing its critics and oppositors. Already, scores of civilians and activists exposing the Macapagal-Arroyo administration's anti-people governance and rulings have been killed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the CAFGU," he said.

"Political repression continues to worsen, and it will be further exacerbated by the anti-terrorism law and national and local ID systems the government is determined to implement. The illusion of democratic space is slowly being disappearing as more and more journalists outspoken against corruption in the different branches of government are being killed; and peaceful demonstrations are violently dispersed," he said.

"The Philippines does not only have a corrupt government, it also has a government that does not think twice about using human rights as doormat just so it can protect its own interest. Under the administration of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the military and other armed forces of the state have become even more mercenary in character and orientation, giving the most cursory consideration for such concepts such as human rights, social justice and civil liberties."

The veteran labor leader said that the ever-worsening corruption in the country is also a reason for the intensifying fascist tendencies of the government. "In order for the big-time bureaucrat capitalists to continue their thievery, they have to silence those who expose and oppose them. This economic mess the country is in is not just because of the unsound economic policies, it's because of the deeply-rooted, systemic corruption."

Beltran said that during the May 11, 2004 elections alone, scores of civilians affiliated or sympathetic to militant and progressive party-list groups such as Anakpawis and Bayan Muna were killed, attacked, or harassed. So far, none of the perpetrators of these actions have been apprehended or brought to justice. #


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