Wednesday, August 10, 2005

NR0810:Bantay Impeachment launched in Congress

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release August 10, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362

Pro-Arroyo lawmakers warned against dismissing complaint; says there will be hell to pay

Bantay Impeachment group launched in Congress to monitor deliberations

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that as Congress through the Committee on Justice begins deliberations on the impeachment complaint versus President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, lawmakers especially die-hard loyalists to the president would do well to remember that the Filipino people is keeping a close eye on the developments.

“There will be hell to pay if Malacanang allies in the House try to have the impeachment complaint dismissed. It is them who will have an uphill struggle trying to dismiss the complaint while defending Pres. Arroyo given that the entire nation is already convinced that the executive has committed countless impeachable offenses, and electoral fraud and corruption are just two of these,” he said.

Beltran said that among the complainants are leaders from militant people’s organizations such as the urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), Migrante, Gabriela, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas,Plunderwatch, Karapatan, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and various other community and church-based organizations.

“These are the same organizations that are at the forefront of the gigantic street protests demanding the ouster of Pres. Arroyo. We all support the impeachment complaint as a show of our unity with other sectors and groups of society who think a impeachment process must be initiated against Mrs. Arroyo apart from holding the rallies. The challenge is now to the allies of Pres. Arroyo who have declared before that the latter should be given a chance to explain her side. Will they actually allow her to impeached and thus be given the opportunity to speak out in a formal trial? Will they make good on their word that they will follow the rule of law and not the rule of Macapagal-Arroyo?”

Beltran this morning distributed (Im)peach candies to fellow lawmakers who have not signed the complaint expressing his hope that upon tasting and eating the candies, they will change their minds and support the complaint and immediately transmit the complaint to the senate. He said that he has already sent a handful of the said candies to the Office of Speaker, saying that they should sweeten Speaker Jose de Venecia’s temper against the impeachment complaint and stop his above-board and under-the-table lobbying.

“We hope that the members of the Majority particularly those who are die-hard in their defense of the illegitimate and corrupt presidency would find it in their conscience not to block this process of investigation. They should give their allegiance to the Filipino people who are knocking at the halls of Congress and demanding that it hear out the complaint instead of remaining blindly loyal to Malacanang,” he said.

In the meantime, Anakpawis, Bayan Muna and Gabriela Women’s Party launched “Bantay Impeachment” at the House South wing Lobby where the groups served impeachpie and impeachie-pichie to members of the media and attendees to the justice committee hearing.

“Bantay Impeachment” launched in-house signature campaign for all House employees and staff, encouraging them to support the impeachment process, and to urge their bosses to sign the impeachment complaint. “Bantay Impeachment” will also provide as an alternative source of news, giving materials proving the substantiality of the various impeachable offense of Pres. Arroyo, primarily on the massive human rights violations and activist killings; anomalous contracts for the building of public infrastructure and other projects, violation of sovereignty and patrimony laws, and the general undermining of the people’s economic welfare.#


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