Thursday, September 08, 2005

NR0908:2 releases on UN Econ report; Punishment for anti-impeachment solons

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release September 8, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362

Ethics Committee should have its hands full investigating allegations of bribery against various lawmakers

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that even as it was right to call for investigations into allegations that representatives who stood against the impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be rewarded with additional projects and other perks including new positions for themselves or their families, it was dead-certain that none of these investigations will come to anything.

“If the investigations will be made by Congress, it’s highly doubtful that there’ll be any satisfactory or productive results. As shown by the conduct of the House leadership and the allies of Pres. Arroyo during the hearings on the impeachment complaint, solons allied with the administration will stop at nothing to protect the status quo,” he said. “Ideally, the House Committee on Ethics would have its hands full investigating the various allegations of bribery and coercion that went on in the House during the last few months. But it’s doubtful that any of these investigations will prosper. The House leadership and the president’s allies will only refuse to be investigated, and they will stiffly deny all accusations of accepted bribes and other perks.”

“But the truth will come out soon enough. In the coming weeks, there will more reports or even just hear-say stories most likely founded on truth that certain lawmakers have received more perks or benefits be it in the form of additional cash bonuses, new higher positions in committees, or even promotions for their relatives who are also in so-called government service,” he said. “This is the sad and awful truth in Congress.”

“The veteran labor leader turned legislator meanwhile expressed strong opposition for suggestions from hardline Arroyo allies that legislators with ties to the administration but who voted in favor of the impeachment complaint and against the Justice Committee’s report 1012 should be removed from their positions in their committees.

“This would really expose the strong puppet strings and dog leashes Malacanang has on legislators. It’s clear that administration lawmakers who voted for the impeachment complaint voted with their conscience and not out of self-serving interests, fear of retribution from Malacanang, or out of greed for more benefits Malacanang has to reward those who are loyal to it,” he said.

Finally, Beltran said that the political crisis is far from over. “It’s just beginning. More Filipinos have become convinced of the uselessness and futility of bringing to Congress their collective grievances against the corruption in the highest office of the land and the electoral fraud that robbed of their right to choose their leaders. Even the most cynical Filipinos now see that the only remaining venue to settle the issue against the corrupt and illegitimate presidency is the burgeoning street protests and via people power.”#

Genuine economic development can never be reached under globalization set-up imposed by foreign creditors, finance agencies

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran expressed new surprise to a recent report made by the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations that the Philippines will not meet the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDCs) by the year 2015. “These goals are so artificial for one thing, and they do not even fit or reflect the current economic situation in the country, or the situation of Filipinos – massive unemployment, widespread hunger and homelessness, low education levels.”

“No one is surprised by this. By rights, Filipinos should no longer be suffering or dying from the most uncomplicated of diseases like dengue, typhoid fever or tuberculosis; but because of the twisted economic and budgetary priorities of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, these diseases are on par with cancer in seriousness for Filipinos.’

“The country’s natural environment – oceans, forests, mountain areas – are being plundered and destroyed by foreign transnational oil and mining corporations, and soon there will be nothing left for future generations of Filipinos to see much less utilize. Progress is nothing but a dream for Filipinos, the economy is in no shape at all to make any forward leap or improvement given how chaotic the economic program of the national government is,” he said. “It’s the policies inflicted upon the Philippines by foreign multilateral finance agencies like the ADB, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) and implemented by the incumbent corrupt administration that make sure that the Philippines will never develop economically.”

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that so long as the country and the economy is under the so-called guardianship of foreign finance institutions such as the IMF and the ADB, and so long as the government obeys their policy dictates of 100% liberalization, privatization and deregulation, the Philippines will always remain backward and pre-industrial. “What is necessary to get the economy back on its feet is to reverse all these destructive globalization policies and begin nationalizing vital industries beginning with oil, electricity, steel and chemicals. Foreign ownership should be severely limited, and open-pit mining, agricultural land conversion and logging should be prohibited for the time being to allow the environment to recover.”#


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