Wednesday, July 13, 2005

NR0713:Cory in a shouting match with GMA?

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release July 13, 2005

Loss of "Cory Magic" a challenge to Mrs. Aquino; alleged ‘shouting match’ with Pres. Arroyo not surprising given the latter’s temper

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that former president Corazon C. Aquino should rise to the challenge of president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s refusal to resign, and for Mrs. Aquino to speak more actively against the corruption and illegitimacy of the latter. Beltran said that the view that Mrs. Aquino has lost her political clout and influence has basis, given that Mrs. Aquino for the longest time has been out of the limelight. He also said that public respect and perception of her has been affected by her stand on the Hacienda Luisita Massacre where seven farmworkers were slain by members of the police and military.

"Mrs. Aquino’s call for president Arroyo’s resignation is valid and remains to be so. She should not let up on her stand against Pres. Arroyo and contribute to the continuously growing protests by joining them and speaking out. The political polarization has begun and public opinion is moving more determinedly against Pres. Arroyo, and so Mrs. Aquino should be more empathic is her calls for the resignation of the incumbent executive," he said.

Beltran said that there were reports that Pres. Arroyo in a previous dialogue with Mrs. Aquino yelled at the widow when the latter asked her to step down from office in the name of the Filipino people. According to reports, Pres. Arroyo yelled at Mrs. Aquino, saying "Who are you to tell me to resign?!".

"This isn’t surprising behavior for Pres. Arroyo. She is well-known for her short fuse and uneasy temper. This is why an overwhelming number of Filipinos doubted her sincerity when she said she was sorry over the tape scandal that broke out exposing her poll fraud," he said.

"Pres. Arroyo does not even have an ounce of respect for the Filipino people whom she disenfranchised and whose vote she stole in the May 2004 elections, how can she have respect for a single individual, nevermind that it’s Cory Aquino? All the more reason is this to demand for her resignation. She is an executive who has no moral much less legal authority to lead, and she has abused her powers to worsen the poverty of millions of Filipinos while enriching the business elite,’ he said.#


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