Monday, August 01, 2005

NR0801:On spending P64b for Cha cha

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin BeltranNews Release August 1, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
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P6.4 billion being earmarked for Charter Change to actually go to propaganda campaign to clean up GMA’s image and project false benefits of amending the constitution

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the Macapagal-Arroyo administration’s plans to allot P6.4 billion for its charter change campaign was contemptible, and further exposes the incumbent president’s hypocrisy and greed for power.

According to reports, the amount is being appropriated for constituent assembly. Beltran, however, said that more than likely the Arroyo admnistration and die-hard Arroyo lawmakers are going to use the funds to woo and bribe local government into continuing their support for the beleaguered president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “This is an exercise in lunacy and hypocrisy. For the past year up until the tape controversy broke out, Mrs. Arroyo has been exhorting the Filipino people to exercise austerity measures and to tighten their belts. Now, in the midst of the strong clamor for the impeachment, resignation or ouster of Mrs. Arroyo, she has shifted her priorities and is eager to waste billions for Cha cha.”

“This only validates the assertion of many opinion makers that the Cha cha is nothing but a ploy to divert the public’s attention from the protests against Mrs. Arroyo.The immorality and desperation of the illegitimate executive in Malacanang is astounding. Even as she imposes new tax measures and allows the oil and electricity companies to continue bleeding the Filipino people dry with their increasing prices and rates, Mrs. Arroyo is ordering the release of billions for cha cha.”

He said that the Supreme Court should lay down a decision or strongly-worded comment opposing these moves as the diversion of billions of funds for cha cha is inimical to public interest.

“All the more should the Filipino people oppose and denounce Charter Change. It’s Mrs. Arroyo and her allies’ means to perpetuate themselves in power, and to legitimize, legalize the vicious violations they’re committing against the country’s economic and political patrimony.”

Beltran said that a large chunk of the Cha cha fund is certain to be earmarked for the propaganda and media projection blitz of Mrs.Arroyo – “To project her supposed legitimacy and rightful leadership on the one hand, and to promote the fraudulent benefits of charter change on the other.”

“Without doubt, millions will be going into the pocket of lawmakers who will support charter change, and millions more for local government officials from baranggay chairmen up to governors. Whether by Constitutional Assembly or Constitutional Convention, Cha cha proponents are determined to see the same outcome: the 1987 Constitution mangled and twisted according to their economic platform established on the destructive policies of globalization.”

“There is nothing wrong with amending the constitution if the main objective is to strengthen its remaining patriotic provisions,” he said.”But given the mindset and framework of the cha cha proponents led by the likes of Mrs. Arroyo and Speaker Jose de Venecia, the planned Cha cha or shift to federalism is geared towards removing all remaining provisions in the Constitution protecting the economy and the Filipino people from the plunder and exploitation of foreign big business and finance entities. There’s also the hypocritically undeclared but obvious objective to ensure that the system of corrupt and self-serving system of politics remains, securing and even expanding the scope and influence of incumbent politicians,” he said.#


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