Thursday, July 07, 2005

NR0707:GMA's counter-attacks diversionary in nature

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release July 7, 2005

Garcillano, PGMA handlers' counter-accusations against the opposition mere diversionary tactics; GMA's days in office numbered

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that it was evident that Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano was not allowed to speak to the media previously because Pres. Macapagal-Arroyo's political handlers and spin-doctors were hatching a counter-attack plan against the offensive of the president's critics.

"Clearly the game plan is to discredit the opposition and to slander them with the same accusations that they also spoke with Garcillano during the height of the May 2004 elections," he said. "The president's tacticians are crossing their fingers that the mud that now sticks like glue to the president will also stick to members of the opposition whose names are now being dragged in the electoral fraud mess."

"This is a diversionary tactic that will inevitably fail. Garcillano's credibility, like the president's, is not to be believed. He kept his silence for the longest time and the playing of the tapes has revealed his most damning communications are with the president."

Beltran said that pro-adminsitration solons should not yet heave a sigh of relief. "Their president is not safe yet, and her days in Malacanang are already numbered. Other politicians and candidates whose names Garcillano are now deliberately dropping with the intent to dsicredit them can clear their own names and state what truly tarnspired - if anything did- in their alleged talks with Garcillano. Public attention is still focused on the president. She is the highest executive of the land, and her blatant disregard for the law is what's gotten most Filipinos outraged."

"And what's more, if latest surveys are correct, a massive 61% percent of Filipinos are of the opinion that the country would be better off without Pres. Arroyo at the helm. Pres. Arroyo is a lame-duck president, and she's hanging on to her position by the skin of her teeth. The protests against her will continue to escalate despite all attempts to pacify the public and to divert the public's attention to the members of the opposition who also allegedly committed the same crime as the president.

Finally, the veteran labor leader turned legislator said that the attacks of pro-Arroyo solons against Minority leader Francis Escudero were pathetic. "Clearly, Rep. Escudero is something of a difficult handful for the pro-Arroyo lawmakers and so they're focusing their coordinated attacks against him. Rep. Escudero's credibility can and will survive these attacks intact. His explanations are more believable than any of all the excuses made by the president."#


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