Monday, June 06, 2005

NR0606:Malacanang's paranoia; searching 4 sum1 to blame

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release June 6, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio,Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

On Malacanang's escalating paranoia;
Bunye's quest for someone to blame for the sinking economy

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that Malacanang's "excessive paranoia" was bordering on lunacy, given Malacanang through presidential spokesperson Ignacio Bunye's expose that the opposition is all set to unleash a plot to destabilize the Arroyo administration. Bunye has revealed that Malacanang intel has unearthed a supposed plot on the part of the opposition to release a taped conversation between Pres. Arroyo and the Commission on Elections officials last year prior to the announcement of the winners of the May presidential elections.

"Talk about being desperate to be ahead of the enemy," Beltran said. "Malacanang is now probably housing number of psychics and seers with various crystal balls, tarot cards, and ouija boards all in the goal of keeping one step ahead of its critics and the opposition. How else could spokesperson Bunye and the members of Malacanang's intel and advisory group could have come by such information regarding the plans of the opposition?"

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said, however, the existence of such a tape, if indeed it exists, would cause serious tremors that will shake the Arroyo administration to its foundations. He said that Malacanang's defensiveness regarding the tape was very noticeable. "Malacanang insiders must walking around eggs right now, and everyone is highly-strung. A taped conversation between President Arroyo and COMELEC officials will blow a hole through the roof of this already weakened administration. Up to this day, a huge majority of Filipinos are still convinced that Pres. Arroyo is not the real victor of May 2004 polls, and that she forced herself into a second term using large-scale tactics of lying and cheating," he said.

"I for one am interested in hearing this so-called tape and its mind-blowing contents."

Levity aside, however, Beltran said that the growing paranoia of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration immediately ceases to amuse because the administration is already calling in the troops. "Malacanang is desperately conducting loyalty checks among the top-to-bottom ranks of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and without doubt concocting a scenario wherein the opposition and other critics will be the main target of attack. Already, there are rumors flying that die-hards of the Arroyo presidency are planning to stage a coup in support of the beleaguered president and pre-empt any other possible military-led uprising."

The activist solon also expressed strong contempt for Spokesperson Bunye's assertion that it was the exchange of accusations and bickering Malacanang and the opposition that was keeping the economy down.

"The good spokesperson is living in a fantasy world. There is no way that the economy is going to take off with Pres. Arroyo and her twisted economic policies and regressive tax measures at the helm. The corruption of this administration alone is keeping probably a third of the Filipino population in deep poverty. Malacanang and the opposition can shake hands and be merry and the economy would still be drowning in the gutter because of the pro-globalization, anti-national trade, business and finance policies of this government," he said. "If Bunye wants someone to blame, he should go to his boss and blame her." #


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