Thursday, September 15, 2005

Nr0913:CBCP should heed the sentiments of the people; Bunye blaming the media again

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release September 13, 2005

CBCP leadership should stand on the side of truth and justice, support calls for the removal of PGMA from office

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today expressed hope that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will take to heart the sentiments of the Filipino people and support their call and campaign for the removal of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from Malacanang. He said that the murder of the impeachment complaint at the hands of Pres. Arroyo’s allies in Congress has made the political situation even more serious, as Filipinos have been left with no other alternative to take to the streets and join the mass protests against the corrupt and illegitimate presidency.

“It’s to be hoped that our good bishops and the leadership of the CBCP stand by the Filipino people’s stand against Pres. Arroyo and join them in their fight to remove a corrupt presidency. Pres. Arroyo’s stubborn refusal to step down from office is fuelling more political and civil unrest, given that Filipinos no longer recognize her leadership and are determined to replace her. There is no way to pacify a public much disgruntled and disgusted with a presidency that has been inutile in providing the Filipino people the necessary jobs and services to allow them to live productively and decently.”

The veteran labor leader turned activist lawmaker said that the CBCP can and should provide valuable support and guidance to the Filipino people if its members and leadership take a strong and definitive stand on the escalating political crisis gripping the nation. “We trust that the CBCP will decide on the side of truth and justice, and join the rest of the Filipino people in taking popular and collective action to correct the injustices inflicted by Pres. Arroyo,” he said.

Bunye blaming the media again

In the meantime, Beltran said that Malacanang spokesperson Ignacio Bunye’s tack to blame the media for the overwhelming opinion against Mrs. Arroyo as revealed by recent independent surveys was ridiculous.

“The media has only been reporting the corruption and abuses of the incumbent presidency, as well as the maneuvers being made by Pres. Arroyo’s allies in Congress to sidestep justice through impeachment,” he said.

“Bunye is floundering and looking for someone to pin the blame on, but he shouldn’t look very far because it’s his boss he should be pointing the finger at. All the cutesie photo-shoots of the president and the image overhaul will not change the public’s verdict on the illegitimate president. Daily the economic situation worsens, thus also exacerbating the already escalating political crisis. Filipinos don’t just want Arroyo out because of her electoral fraud and corruption, they want her out because she has done nothing to stop the oil price hikes, the electricity rate increases and the widespread joblessness.”#


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