Sunday, September 04, 2005

2 NRs0904:Unity to remove PGMA; true power rests in the people

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Releases September 4, 2005

(1) Broad unity between all anti-GMA,anti-corruption forces necessary to remove illegitimate president from Malacanang

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the biggest and broadest unity between all anti-Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo groups and forces is needed to achieve the goal of removing the corrupt and illegitimate president from Malacanang. He said that for the main goal of removing Arroyo from power and to make her account for the charges of corruption, electoral fraud, betrayal of public trust and severe undermining of the people’s human and civil rights, it is necessary to temporarily put away differences and focus on productive measures that will result in Arroyo’s removal from Malacanang.

“The remaining allies and stalwarts of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration are working overtime to protect and defend Mrs. Arroyo. If they can work this hard to defend a leader who has no legal or moral right to lead, then the anti-corruption, anti-fraud and people’s organizations work even harder to remove this same leader,”he said.

Beltran said that former president Cory Aquino and widow of former presidential candidate Susan Roces’ consistent support for the protests including the impeachment process serve to convince more Filipinos of the need to remove Arroyo.

“Mrs.Aquino and Ms. Roces have significant influence over almost sectors in society, and it’s to the benefit of the people that they’re using this influence to counteract Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s assertions that she is still the country’s legitimate executive. We also hope that the Hyatt 10, especially former Budget Secretary Emilia Boncodin will continue to speak out against the corruption in Malacanang.”

The veteran labor leader said that all through-out next week and the following weeks’ protests and other unity actions directed against Macapagal-Arroyo, all political forces in the country must unite in the call to remove Arroyo.

”But the alternative is certainly not Noli de Castro. Even now de Castro remains loyal to Pres. Arroyo and keeps mum on the pressing economic issues affecting the nation and the constituency. This is a sign of weak leadership, or at the least, a wariness to get involved at a crucial time when it’s imperative that all Filipinos take a stand. The protests to remove Arroyo are not in service of de Castro’s supposed right to ascend to the presidency,” he said. #

(2) Even as they murder the impeachment complaint, the verdict against GMA is settled

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that even as anti-impeachment solons continue to gather more signatures for the amended impeachment complaint, they should also begin supporting the street protests and anti-GMA gatherings being organized by anti-corruption groups outside of Congress.

He said that it was highly frustrating the way Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s allies continue to attack and undermine the impeachment complaint, “But all these are not escaping the notice of the public. In fact, the reports of GMA allies going house-to-house and giving out barely-disguised bribes to congressmen to convince them against signing the impeachment complaint add to the reasons why Macapagal-Arroyo should be removed from office,”he said.

Beltran said that there were very slim chances that the impeachment complaint will survive Congress and be transmitted to the senate; “But the continuing efforts to gather signatures serve to show the sincerity of the pro-impeachment solons to give their colleagues a chance to side with the truth and bring about justice against a corrupt and illegitimate presidency.”

The veteran labor leader turned activist lawmaker said that his colleagues who have been offered bribes or threatened by Malacanang and its henchmen should not be afraid to take a stand for the truth. He said that they should be insulted that Malacanang should even think to bribe them in exchange for their support. “What kind of an administration has to pay its followers to keep their loyalty?”

In the meantime, Beltran said that the rallies tomorrow in front of Congress will serve to remind lawmakers that the true power resides in the people and their united will and concerted actions. He said that even as GMA’s allies in the House murder the impeachment complaint and dismiss its compelling arguments pointing to GMA’s guilt, the verdict against Mrs. Arroyo is already being read in the streets.#


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