Sunday, August 14, 2005

NR0813:Which tapes were sent to US experts? Solon says no to Mendoza arrest

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Releases August 13, 2005

Which tapes did Malacanang send to US experts? Or did a ton of money change hands to get the experts’ favorable verdict?

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that Malacanang’s attempts to remove the Hello Garci tapes from the public’s consciousness by saying that they are fakes come much too late and were in fact in vain. He said that Sec. Mike Defensor and Rep. Juan Miguel Zubiri’s explanation regarding the supposed fraudulence of the tapes and their contents were not credible.

”Their boss Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has already admitted that the voice was hers. Nowhere and at no time in any of her public statements did she deny having the conversations with Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcilliano,”he said. “Millions of Filipinos have already heard the tapes and the verdict against this illegitimate and corrupt presidency has already been laid down weeks ago. And we don’t even know which tapes Malacanang sent to the US for analysis.”

“Clearly, Malacanang is so afraid of the impeachment complaint. What happened to all of Mrs. Arroyo’s brave talk that she is willing and prepared to undergo the impeachment trial and avail of the process and her right to defend herself in a legal venue? This is precisely why an impeachment trial would prove useful in revealing the truth, but Pres. Arroyo and her allies are do desperate to obfuscate the truth,” he said.

Beltran said that the verification of local or US experts no longer made any indifference to the Filipino people. He said that it was highly likely that the Philippine government PAID U.S. experts to say that the Hello, Garci tapes were cobbled or spliced.

“It’s highly likely that Malacanang has released a massive amount of money to get the favorable word of US experts. We’re not even sure which tapes Malacanang sent to the US for analysis. We cannot simply accept Malacanang’s word on this – after
all, the likes of Sec. Defensor and Rep.Zubiri are only acting to save Pres. Arroyo, and it’s only to be expected that they will go through great lengths to do this, even launching a belated attack on the tapes and their damning contents,” he said.

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that even if Malacanang through its allies in the House move to have the impeachment complaint dismissed on technical or other flimsy grounds, the Filipino people have already made up their minds about Mrs. Arroyo and they want her removed from office.

“Pres. Arroyo and her die-hard allies are only stoking the fire of public outrage. Filipinos want Pres. Arroyo removed form office, whether by impeachment or ouster, and there are no ifs about if. If the president and her allies continue their attacks against the impeachment complaint regardless of the legitimacy of its contents and the support the complaint has from the public, then they’re only
pushing Filipinos out into the streets for another brilliant show of People Power,” he said. #

Solon says no to AFP plans to have Capt. Mendoza arrested

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran expressed strong opposition to the calls by certain members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that whistleblower Capt. Marlon Mendoza should be arrested because he has pending cases against him in the AFP. He said that it was evident that these were attempts to silence Mendoza and to keep him from revealing more of what he knows perhaps not only of Pres. Arroyo’s
involvement in jueteng and facilitation of the massive electoral fraud campaign in May 2004, but also of the involvement of certain top officials in the aforementioned controversies.

“The AFP is bringing up Mendoza’s alleged small-time, petty crimes in the AFP to make his testimony about the President illegible and to remove its credibility. AFP top brass themselves are already admitting that they also committed anomalies in having Mendoza assigned to the Comelec, and now they want everything covered up by having Mendoza court-martialed,” he said. The military court wants to go after Mendoza for allegedly selling fake identification cards and mission orders from the
Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP)

On Thursday, the military admitted that Mendoza's appointment as Garcillano's security aide was done in a "short cut [manner] and "unauthorized."

The veteran labor leader said that the Senate Committee investigating the jueteng operations should take Mendoza under its protective custody and vouch for his freedom and safety. “The petty crimes the AFP is accusing Mendoza of are surely nothing compared to what charges are being made against Pres. Arroyo? Surely, the gravity of the charges against the president makes its important the investigations
continue and for witnesses to be given freedom to testify?”#


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