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NR0623:Pro-admin solons sabotaging hearings

News Release
June 23, 2005
From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran

Pro-Arroyo solons deliberately suppressing the truth; Protests against PGMA to continue as defection with the administration begins

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the Congressional committee hearings on the controversial tapes exposing Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s electoral fraud was making some headway despite the machinations and moves of pro-administration solons to derail the hearings and have the issue thrown out. Beltran said that the public was monitoring every second of the deliberations, and it was evident that the pro-Arroyo solons were doing their best to keep the truth from being heard.

“There is utter chaos in the deliberations despite the careful, considerate and able management of the committee chairmen led by Rep. Gilbert Remulla. The pro-Arroyo solons are determined to block all motions that will lead to the playing of the controversial taped conversations. They project themselves as obedient to the letter of the law, but they are essentially ignoring and dismissing its essence. They are deliberately delaying the hearings by spouting various legal references, none of which applicable to the issue at hand. We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of this issue, but the administration die-hards are already working full-thrust to kill the hearings,” he said.

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that if the Committee hearings on the tapes will not head anywhere, the matter is certain to be settled elsewhere – in the arena of public debate and consciousness, most Filipinos are already convinced that the voices on tape are those of Pres. Arroyo and Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano. The pro-administration solons can close their ears and minds against the tapes and their contents, but the public has already heard the tapes with their own ears and they’ve made up their minds that Pres. Arroyo cheated in the May 2004 elections,” he said.

According to Beltran, Pres. Arroyo’s hold in the presidency is also being weakened by the slow but deliberate withdrawal of support of members of the private sector for her administration. He also said that the international community can also be seen waiting for the turnover of power in the coming weeks and months. “Pres. Arroyo is already a spent and washed-up political force. She has no more credibility to speak of. Her spokespersons can continue putting up a brave front, but the truth is, even as we speak, many Arroyo allies have already begun to plan their defection,” he insisted. He predicted that there will soon be announcements from cabinet members and officials that they are leaving Arroyo’s sinking ship.

In the meantime, Beltran reiterated his stand that the longer Pres. Arroyo remains in power, the worse it will be for the Philippine economy.

“She is one of the biggest reasons why the economy is in crisis. An illegitimate presidency that espouses anti-national policies that wreck the economy should not be allowed to continue. The protests against Pres. Arroyo will grow and worsen until she is forced to step down. She is courting even greater disaster for herself if she continue to be stubborn and silent against the countless charges of corruption and electoral fraud against her and members of her immediate family,” he said.

Beltran and fellow Anakpawis solon Rafael Mariano will be joining the anti-Arroyo rallies tomorrow beginning 1pm. The demonstration/people’s march against corruption and poverty will be from Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City to Liwasang Bonifacio. #

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