Monday, June 13, 2005

NR0610:Change in the system, not just change of administration

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release June 10, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio,Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

A change of administration not enough; GMA must resign and a national coalition government of anti-corruption, pro-people reform advocates established - Rep. Beltran

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that instead of calling for snap elections, anti-Macapagal-Arroyo forces should support calls for the establishment of a national coalition government, an adhoc committee comprising all anti-corruption and pro-people reform forces and groups that will coordinate on a general plan of action as to where the Philippines should go in the coming weeks.

"A snap election will take too long and the results could still well be rigged. Also, the Macapagal-Arroyo camp will be getting breathing space and time to recover, regroup and tacticize. Pres. Arroyo should be made to resign now and a national coalition government composed of democratic and progressive people's organizations and the opposition should be set-up. As a supposed expression of democracy, elections in this country are for the most part an exercise dominated by the rich and influential, and those backed by the US government."

"The Filipino people is demanding not so much as a change in government and talking heads, but more crucial a change in the economic and political system. A change in the anti-national, anti-patriotic character and orientation of governance of the present administration and its predecessors. A change in the system, not just another round of musical chairs among the country's members of the ruling elite," he said.

"We don't want to see recycled faces in power. The leadership style, political orientation and economic platform of the country's leading officials have been tried, and the results are evident in the way the country continues to deteriorate. A change of administration is not enough. What this country needs is a complete economic and political overhaul."

Beltran said that all efforts must now be exerted to force Pres. Arroyo to resign. "She never had the Filipino people's mandate, and she used her position to further destroy the economy and compromise the nation's sovereignty and political independence from foreign interests. The results of the May 2004 elections never favored her, and so she should immediately step down, along with all the members of her cabinet," he said.

The veteran labor leader said that Pres. Arroyo is risking being overthrown by People Power by resisting calls for her resignation. He said that the bells are already tolling for the administration. "She has become one of the most unpopular presidents in Philippine history, as well as one of the most corrupt. One can even say that her corruption runs in her family, given that her husband, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, eldest son Mikey and brother in law Iggy are all accused of various acts of corruption." #


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