Friday, July 01, 2005

NR0701:Malacanang blackmailing Cory

News Release
July 1, 2005
From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran

Malacanang blackmailing former president Aquino over Hacienda Luisita to keep the latter silent on jueteng and electoral fraud scandals rocking the presidency

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that former president Corazon Aquino is in all likelihood being blackmailed by Malacanang so she would not speak against beleaguered President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Beltran said that Mrs. Aquino’s acting as emissary to Ms. Susan Roces who has demanded the resignation of Pres. Arroyo was highly suspect.

“Mrs. Aquino has so far said nothing regarding the corruption and electoral fraud scandals involving the President and her immediate family and it’s not like her. Mrs. Aquino, history has shown, always takes a keen interest in such developments and is often heard to speak up when it comes to such matters which affect the nation. Why is it that she is suddenly being on the safe side and cautioning those who seek to clean the government of a corrupt presidency? She was not this way in 2001 when the entire nation was denouncing the corruption of the Estrada administration and demanding its ouster,” he said.

He pointed out that Mrs. Aquino was vehement in her condemnation of electoral fraud in 1986 when she became a victim of the Marcos dictatorship’s massive cheating during the snap elections. He said that she also is remembered to be vocal against jueteng, speaking in support to the stand of Catholic Church leaders on the issue.

Beltran said that it was possible that Malacanang was holding Mrs. Aquino under some kind of threat or blackmail, and that this has something do with the labor and land dispute at the Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac. Beltran said that Mrs. Aquino was strongly backed by the Arroyo administration when the tension was at its highest peak in the Luisita strike and when seven union members were massacred by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Now Malacanang is collecting on the favor it gave the Cojuangco-Aquinos, and Mrs. Aquino is tasked to help pacify Ms. Susan Roces from speaking against the incumbent president,” he said. “There is also the possibility that Malacanang is blackmailing Mrs. Aquino over details regarding the massacre. Malacanang insiders say that there is an existing video wherein bodies of massacred farmworkers were being burned inside the Central Azucarera de Tarlac, and that Malacanang is threatening Mrs. Aquino that it will allow the tape to be shown to the public unless Mrs. Aquino pledges its loyalty to the incumbent administration and refuse to join the protests against Pres. Arroyo,” he said.

“It’s really a cause for suspicion the way Mrs. Aquino is siding with Malacanang and has remained mum on the jueteng and electoral fraud scandals rocking the presidency. The only logical reason to account for this is that Malacanang is behind Mrs. Aquino’s silence,” he added.

In the meantime, the veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that Ms. Susan Roces should not take Mrs. Aquino’s advice regarding keeping silent and refusal to join the protests demanding the resignation of Pres. Arroyo. “Pres. Arroyo broke the rules the moment she lifted the phone and called Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano. She disregarded the statutes of the Constitution regarding the sanctity of elections and the responsibilities of public servants to their constituents. The will of the Filipino people to junk a corrupt, anti-poor and illegitimate presidency is supported by the Constitution if not in letter, than in spirit, and this is what must be upheld. Ms. Roces should continue to denounce to arrogance and corruption of the incumbent president. It is her right as a constituent,” he concluded.#


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