Tuesday, August 09, 2005

NR0809:Malacanang to tap Marcos wealth to kill impeachment

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release August 9, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362 geocities.com/ap_news

It’s raining money in Congress

Palace plotting to use Marcos wealth as bribe fund to kill impeachment; House leadership challenged to divulge names of solons who signed unity pact against impeachment complaint

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran expressed outrage over reports that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was sending envoys from Malacanang and the Presidential Commission on Good Government to the heirs of Ferdinand Marcos to forge an agreement on the multi-million ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses. According to reports, Malacanang intends part of the still unrecovered wealth for its charter change campaign and as bribe money to lawmakers to kill the impeachment complaint against Mrs. Arroyo.

“This is not a far-fetched thing that the Macapagal-Arroyo camp would utilize all means even underhanded and treacherous ones to protect its illegal and illegitimate claim to the highest office in the land,” he said. “Pres. Arroyo has already been accused before of giving in making under-the-table political settlements with the Marcoses and former Marcos cronies such as Danding Cojuangco in exchange for cash. Mrs. Arroyo and her handlers will stop at nothing to kill the impeachment complaint, and their first logical and expected step would be to secure as much money as they can to steamroll a bribery campaign.”

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that the PCGG should immediately issue a definitive update on the government’s efforts to recover the Marcos wealth. “For all we know, a significant portion of the wealth has already been squandered by the Macapagal-Arroyo administration and used for corrupt purposes. One such purpose would be for bribery to legislators and other high officials to dissuade them from turning against Pres. Arroyo.”

“This is the only way this corrupt, unscrupulous and illegitimate administration can secure loyalty from its members and followers – via bribery,” he said. “Despite the gravity of the fiscal crisis, it’s raining money in Congress right now courtesy of Malacanang.”

Beltran in the meantime demanded that the House leadership led by Speaker Jose de Venecia and Norberto Nograles release the names of the solons who have allegedly signed a unity pact with Pres. Arroyo and essentially promised they would not support the impeachment complaint against the latter.

“The leadership of the House majority are treating House members like brainless sheep -- - not allowing them to think for themselves and instead coercing them to toe the line instead of letting them exercise their individual and political right to take a stand. Solons should examine their consciences and let themselves be guided by what they really think to be right. They should not allow themselves to be bought or bribed. The country’s future is at stake on this issue, and they should take a stand instead of allowing themselves to be herded off to Mrs. Arroyo’s side with bribe money as the main incentive,” he said.#


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