Wednesday, July 13, 2005

NR0713:No to military take-over, no to junta

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

Solon warns against plans of military take-over;
says civilian leadership must remain supreme in government

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that efforts must be exerted to ensure that the military and police powers do not take advantage of the escalating crisis surrounding strong demands for Pres. Gloria Macapagall-Arroyo to resign or be ousted from office. Beltran said that reports were rife that a military-led take-over was being hatched, and that influential members of the military were closely coordinating with certain former government officials in a plan for take-over.

"At all costs, any attempts of the military to grab power and take-over the government should be strongly opposed. Civilian rule and supremacy over the government should never be shaken. A military take-over would mean a possible return to martial law, and thus the brutal curtailment of civil, political and human rights of Filipinos. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its highest officials have a record of innumerable human rights violations and disregard for civil rights. At no point in this escalating political crisis that the country is undergoing should the military be allowed to take over," he said.

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that church institutions, schools, human rights organizations and other civilian, mass-based groups should declare their stand against any military take-over or the establishment of a military junta. He said that there were already strong signs that elements of the military were waiting to cut in and steal the leadership from the civilian movement seeking to cleanse the government from the corrupt and illegitimate presidency of Macapagal-Arroyo.

"For one thing, former president and military strong man Fidel V. Ramos has all but taken over the helm of Malacanang. He is now the top adviser of Pres. Arroyo, and his links to the military are unshakeable. For another, there are other groups led by former men in uniform who are eager to jump into the fray and project themselves as the alternative to Pres. Arroyo. Their most compelling and most threatening argument is that they have the backing of the military," he said.

Beltran said that the broadening protests against Macapagal-Arroyo will not let up and continue to strengthen until Macapagal-Arroyo is forced to resign or is ousted from power. "There is no other way to resolve this. There is no turning back," he said. #


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