Thursday, August 25, 2005

NR0824:JDV leads baseless junking of impeachment

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release August 24, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362

Killing the impeachment complaint will all the more force Filipinos to take to streets to launch People Power

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today expressed stiff disapproval for Speaker Jose de Venecia’s recent declaration that the impeachment complaint will die because it does not stand on firm ground.

Beltran said that the impeachment complaint was strong and credible by itself, and the only reason why it will die is because the pro-Arroyo administration solons wont let it live. “They’re killing it in defense of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and by doing so they’re betraying the people’s right to know the extent of the crimes of corruption, abuse of authority, betrayal of public trust and election fraud she perpetrated,” he said. “If the complaint isn’t strong enough, if they really think there’s no basis for the charges against Mrs. Arroyo, then why are they so afraid of hearing the complaint?”

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that Speaker de Venecia’s defense of Mrs. Arroyo was expected, “But its still nonetheless shocking to realize how far he and his allies in the House will go. Talk is rife in the House that millions are being showered on anti-impeachment lawmakers in the guise of the release of allocations from the road users’ tax and other perks,” he said.

“Why resort to bribery and underground negotiations to convince lawmakers against the impeachment complaint? Malacanang is dangling millions of pesos in front of legislators just so they remain loyal to Macapagal-Arroyo, and this appears to be their strongest argument: junk the impeachment complaint in exchange for cash. Lawmakers being offered these bribes should be insulted, and this alone should prompt them to sign the complaint.”

“The technical arguments the pro-Arroyo solons are trying the bury the impeachment complaint under are nothing compared to the mountains of evidence the Opposition and the complainants from the basic sectors of workers, peasants and anti-corruption groups are eager and prepared to present to justify Macapagal-Arroyo’s impeachment.”

Of the three options, only one remains

Beltran reiterated his stand that Malacanang and its House allies are forcing people to take to the streets by killing and junking the complaint. He said that Filipinos are already united in the call that Macapagal-Arroyo be replaced as the country’s head of state, and the difference in views only lay in the means of how to replace her. “There are only three options – resignation, impeachment and ouster. Pres. Arroyo has refused the first; her allies in the House are machinating to kill the second, so the only option left is the last. There shouldn’t be any shock or surprise if their will be another People Power uprising soon,” he said.#


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