Tuesday, August 09, 2005

NR0808:Expose AFP role in electoral fraud; attacks against PPLs

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin BeltranNews Release
August 8, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362 geocities.com/ap_news

Witness Zuce should name party-lists friendly with GMA during the 2004 elections; expose role of AFP in electoral fraud campaign

Anakpawis representative Crispin Beltran today said that there were reports coming out that former Malacanang employee and witness to the president’s corruption and electoral fraud Michaelangelo Zuce also has knowledge regarding the campaign against militant and progressive party-list groups that joined the 2004 May elections, namely Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela Women’s Party (GWP), Anak ng Bayan, Suara Bangsa Moro ang Migrante Party List, launched by Malacanang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Beltran said that he has no doubt that included in the discussions that took place in La Vista between Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Comelec officials was the means and ways to defeat the aforementioned six party-lists. He said that the AFP was mobilized to harrass, threaten supporters of the party-lists, even to the extent of killing them. During the election period, three Anakpawis coordinators were killed in cold blood by members of the AFP in Mindoro.

“We hope that Mr. Zuce will help shed light on this issue. It will help strengthen the impeachable case against Mrs. Arroyo concerning political killings and not just electoral fraud.”

“The Afp was also instrumental in stealing millions of votes from the six progressive party-lists, using both force and millions of pesos to secure the defeat of these groups. The AFP has also been monitored to campaign for other party-list groups that were on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s good side. Zuce is certain to be aware of which party-lists the AFP helped campaign for with the blessings of Macapagal-Arroyo and corrupt Comelec officials,” he said.

“We want to know which party-list groups were supported by Malacanang, because it’s more than likely that these groups also helped macapagal-Arroyo win by cheating. It was a win-win situation for them, and they helped one another steal votes from the progressive, anti-Arroyo party-list organizations and harass our members.”

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that it’s long overdue that the role of the AFP and even the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the massive electoral fraud tha took place in 2004 be investigated. He said that Macapagal-Arroyo could not have carried out her cheating campaign without the full asisstance of and coordination with the AFP. #


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