Wednesday, August 31, 2005

NR0831:Take impeachment complaint to legislature of the streets

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release August 31, 2005

PGMA allies guilty of grand cover-up; impeachment complaint will be brought to the legislature of the streets

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the yesterday’s walk-out of pro-impeachment lawmakers will convince more Filipinos of how Malacanang was determined to quash the complaint using the flimsiest technical arguments.

“The walk-out was not premeditated. It was a spontaneous expression of outrage and exasperation at how the allies of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were abusing their authority and strength to manipulate congressional processes, including the House rules,” he said.

“There was no other way for the hearings to continue peacefully or with any semblance of order because the Mrs. Arroyo’s allies would not listen to reason. All they have in mind is to kill the complaint and protect the corrupt and illegitimate president from being impeached.”

Beltran said that if Majority Floor Leader Prospero Nograles was accusing impeachment solons of acting like children or brats, then the members of the majority blocking the impeachment complaint were no different from thick-headed bullies. “They would not listen to reason or to the most sensible, rational and justified arguments. All they want is to throw the complaint out,” he said. “Talk about tyranny of the majority.”

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that the harder Mrs. Arroyo’s allies try to stifle the truth, the more determined advocates against corruption and electoral fraud will be to expose it.

“It’s patently obvious to anyone that Mrs. Arroyo’s allies in the House are conducting a massive cover-up operation, and their first tact is to kill the impeachment complaint which is loaded with evidence pointing towards the accountability of the president on the issues of betrayal of public trust, corruption, human rights violations, and electoral fraud. Any moral and upstanding individual would agree that that these charges are so serious, that is it is highly necessary for the charges to be investigated and discussed. Putting up roadblocks in the way of the investigations and hearings on the president’s corruption only affirms the strong and valid suspicion that the President does have many things to hide and would rather keep in the dark,” he said.

Finally, Beltran said that the impeachment complaint is certain to be thrown out by the Justice Committee, but the struggle to expose the truth about the illegitimacy and corruption of the incumbent president is far from over.

“We will take the impeachment complaint to the Filipino people, and they will be the ones to lay down the verdict on the president,” he said. “If their so-called Representatives in Congress will not give the complaint a chance to be heard and discussed, then there is no other way but to submit to the Filipino people’s will regarding Mrs. Arroyo and her immediate future.” #


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