Monday, September 05, 2005

NR0905:So much for the rule of law

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release September 5, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362

It’s now time to return the campaign against corrupt and illegitimate presidency to the streets ; PGMA’s allies exposed the failure of their much-touted “rule of law”

On developments that the Justice Committee’s report on the impeachment complaint against Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be discussed today in plenary, Anakpawis Representative Crispin said that the struggle to remove the corrupt and illegitimate presidency is far from over. He said that the pro-impeachment lawmakers fought the good fight, but now it’s time to continue the campaign outside the halls of Congress where’s Mrs. Arroyo’s allies have little power.

“If anything, the fight is only beginning. The defeat of the impeachment complaint at the hands of Malacanang’s allies in Congress serves as further reason to intensify and strengthen the protests. Mrs. Arroyo’s allies in the House connived to keep the truth out, and in doing so they’ve unwittingly set off a chain reaction of events that will inevitably lead to the removal of Macapagal-Arroyo from Malacanang,” he said.

“The allies of the President have been relentless in their agenda to have a most substantial and most credible impeachment complaint dismissed at the flimsiest, weakest technical excuses and standards. No one was fooled or taken in by this ruse. No one, for a moment believed that their efforts were not pushed or influenced by the executive so desperate to cling to an office she never had the legal right to occupy,” he said.

The veteran labor leader turned activist lawmaker said that the President’s allies can gloat, but they will not have the last laugh. “All sectors of the Filipino people opposed to corruption, abuse of authority and against electoral fraud are outraged by the run around the leaders of the Majority bloc and allies of the president made in deliberating over the impeachment complaint. There is no justifying the weeks spent barring the truth from being revealed and discussed in Congress. There is no excuse for the way the President’s men and women sought to undermine the complaint by throwing in various unnecessary prejudicial questions in its way, and by threatening or bribing those lawmakers who would’ve wanted to sign the complaint.”

Beltran said that there was only one remaining option to the Filipino people, and that was to take to the streets in militant protest. He said that the main target of these protests is Pres. Arroyo, and there will be no letting up until the goal is achieved—that of removing her from Malacanang.

“Congress and their much-touted rule of law have failed the Filipino people and their quest for the truth and demand for justice. Those who declare to be defenders of the law have exposed themselves as mere defenders of Arroyo – willing and eager to twist and manipulate the law to protect a corrupt executive,” he said.#


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