Wednesday, May 25, 2005

NR0524: The president has lied before; on Davide

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release May 24, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio,Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

The President has lied before and on many occasions; lying about
jueteng should be easy for her - Rep. Beltran

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's statement that she has not received a single centavo from jueteng should not be immediately be believed. "After all, she has lied before, and on numerous occasions," he said. Beltran said that one of the president's biggest lies was when she said in November 2003 that she would not be running in the May 2004 polls. "She has also lied about keeping electricity rates and oil prices down, and providing added income and improving employment for the Filipino people. So it's not really much an effort for her to lie this time about not being a major jueteng beneficiary," he said.

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that it was not possible for the president to not be aware of the jueteng network in the country, given that that its her own husband the First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, son Mikey and brother -in-law Iggy who are purported to be the ringleaders of the network. "Her own cabinet members are also quite enthusiastic to the idea of legalizing jueteng. Clearly, they all know all about how jueteng operates and how much money it generates for those who head the operations. Legalizing jueteng would only ensure that the profits from the illegal numbers game would be even more centralized in the hands of the corrupt in government and their partners in the private sector," he said.

Beltran said that the all moves must be made to ensure that the ongoing senate investigations on the jueteng operations in the country will not be sidetracked, and the results swept under the rug. "Already we can see the struggle between Malacanang allies and those who seek to unearth the truth. There have been many other scams involving members of the first family, but none really managed to take off the ground because of Malacanang's machinations to have the investigations derailed and the results dismissed. The Catholic Church hierarchy and leaders of other religious formations should not let up on their actions to stop jueteng and push for the prosecution of those raking advantage of Filipino's poverty and desperation," he said.

******Push investigations into Supreme Court anomalies******

In the meantime, the activist solon said that the revival of accusations of corruption and opportunism against Chief justice Hilario Davide to point to the conclusion that there are still countless anomalies happening within the higher offices of the Supreme Court.

"The charges against Davide that he mismanaged the judiciary development fund (JDF) were not laid to rest, and Davide was not impeached because he had the support of groups who grew to admire his leadership and conduct during the Estrada impeachment trial. But the persistence of such charges, and the cropping up of new ones, should make the public sit up and think that there may be grounds for these accusations and allegations of corruption and nepotism," he said.

Beltran said that investigations should be made into the status of the JDF, as well as the systems of salaries and special allowances in the SC. "The High Court and its officials are not above public scrutiny. The SC judges including Davide may be the ones interpreting the law, but they are still not above it. The accusations are serious because they affect the welfare of rank-and file employees of the SC and the judiciary, and more importantly the atmosphere of corruption, if it remains unchecked, affects the decisions being laid down by the High Court on cases of crucial, national concern," he said.#


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