Wednesday, June 08, 2005

NR0608:GMA urged to do as erstwhile Bolivian president did

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release June 8, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio,Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Members of the first family, President Arroyo a major headache for Filipinos; solon urges PGMA to do as the Bolivian president did and step down

"Sablay ka na, pasaway ka pa."

This is what Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran says he wants to say to the members of the president's family and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He said that each of the eldest members of the Macapagal-Arroyo family led by the president herself, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and Rep. Mikey Arroyo are all involved in shocking controversies involving corruption and massive cheating.

'Sablay ka na, pasaway ka pa,' incidentally, is the title of the new film starring Rep. Mikey Arroyo and Ms. Ethel Booba. The film is produced by Cine Suerte productions and is scheduled for release in the coming weeks. He said that that three Arroyos and their respective spokespersons have been dodging accusations left and right, but they have not been successful in convincing the public of their full innocence. "How can they? It's been one controversy, scandal and scam after the other. President Arroyo is already in boiling water because of the worsening economic situation and a restive citizenry gripped by poverty; it doesn't lower the social temperature any to know that she also cheated in the May 11 elections."

"Since reports came out that her approval ratings have plummeted, the president has made herself relatively scarce and surrendered the floor to her spokespersons. Now that this latest scandal has broken out regarding the president's hands-on monitoring and illegal, underhanded manipulation of the results of the May 2004 polls, her ratings will without doubt hit rock-bottom and will not recover," he said.

"Impeachment, ouster, forced resignation are the terms being bandied about these days whenever the presidency is mentioned. The executive has long before lost the support of the Filipino people and she remains in power because her administration is being propped up by the US. Pres. Arroyo has no moral or political ascendancy to remain in office. The controversial tape exposes what many have known all along - she was not the true victor of the 2004 polls."

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker urged Pres. Arroyo to do as Carlos de Mesa did recently - resign. The erstwhile president of Bolivia resigned yesterday, ending his 19-month old government because of mass protests against his government's inutility in alleviating widespread poverty. Protests in Bolivia steadily increased as the country's Congress increased oil taxes."

"De Mesa did what was necessary for the country. His administration was highly unpopular with the poor and working people. The same is the case with the Macapagal-Arroyo administration - not only has it turned out that Pres. Arroyo is betraying the mandate of the people and grossly failed to bring employment up, bring high costs of living down and improve the quality of life of the majority, it' s being revealed that she never even won the mandate in the first place."

De Mesa's decision came after more than three weeks of escalating protests by powerful indigenous and anti-globalization groups demanding that the government nationalize the private energy firms that flocked to Bolivia to mine Latin America's second-largest natural gas reserves.Though Congress on May 17 sharply raised taxes on foreign multinationals, among them Petrobras of Brazil, Repsol YPF of Spain and British Gas, the population was not placated. Protests in recent days have blocked most highways, isolating cities and making gasoline and staples like milk and eggs scarce.

Mr. Mesa became president in October 2003 after protesters forced President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada to resign. He convened a referendum last year in which Bolivians asked for more state control of the country's natural gas. His administration was rocked by more than 800 protests, as indigenous groups in the western highlands demanded more say in the country's economic future and pro-business groups in the country's affluent east sought more autonomy.#


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