Monday, May 30, 2005

NR0530:Open Mike's bank records

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release May 30, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio,Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Mike Arroyo's financial and bank records should also be examined for questionable wealth; Senate investigations should lead to naming of jueteng lords

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that since the First Gentleman has already stated his willingness to testify at the Senate hearings on the prevalence of jueteng, he must also be prepared to present his bank assets and other financial records to show whether or not he has any questionable wealth. He said that FG Mike Arroyo's trip abroad has already been interpreted by many as a delaying tactic, " a move to buy time for the First Gentleman and to enable him and his jueteng contacts to lie low and bury records, erase paper trails and all other linkages between themselves and the jueteng network in the country," he said.

"Now we're getting somewhere," Beltran said. "It's unjust that the small-time cobradors and bet tallyists are the ones being netted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and crucified, when it's their big-time bosses who should be taken into custody and questioned. It's an impossibility for any full-blown gambling network legal or illegal to be established and to flourish in this country without the knowledge and even approval of the authorities, and those include Malacanang," he said.

"The First Gentleman has so far been excused from investigations of other corruption scams and anomalies that he has been strongly accused of being involved in. This time, the scandal involves jueteng and he should not be let off the hook easily , given that the accusations against him persist," he also said. "We can only wait and see if the First Gentleman will make a sacrificial lamb out of their close family friend Bong Pineda and tag him as the mastermind."

Beltran said that the senate should not allow the investigations to end without any decisive decision being arrived at, "Preferably, a few jueteng lords would have been exposed, and the gambling network shut down once and for all. Jueteng is being used as a milking cow of already big-time and powerful individuals," he said.

In the meantime, the veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that Archbishop Oscar Cruz' statements that he has not so far found any proof linking President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to jueteng does not close the subject or settle the issue. "Again, President Arroyo should take responsibility for any anomalies being perpetrated by members of the First Family, especially since its her own husband, son and brother-in-law who are being implicated. Also, Pres. Arroyo is also being accused of accepting jueteng funds to steamroll her senatorial campaign back in 1997. She also has some explaining to do," he said.

"Archbishop Cruz' crusade against the illegal numbers game should be supported by all those who oppose corruption and the continuing attacks against the livelihood and welfare of the Filipinos," he said. #


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