Thursday, September 15, 2005

NR0913:Pinoys would rather do the Macarena (Macapagal-Arroyo, Resign Na)than Cha cha

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

Filipinos would rather do the Macarena – Macapagal-Arroyo Resign Na – than the Cha Cha; Ramos’ warning of civil war laughable

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that former president Fidel V. Ramos’ assertion that there could be civil war if the Philippine Constitution is not immediately amended. Ramos reportedly said that without Charter Change of Cha cha, the country’s poverty levels will worsen.

“Ramos is singing his old song again, the same one that Filipinos refused to listen to way back in 1998 when he was still president and he was pushing the amendments to the Constitution so he could perpetuate himself in power and extend his presidency,” he said. “Ramos is trying to hold the country hostage to charter change and he’s floating these ridiculous ideas, barely-disguised threats to justify cha cha. It’s not going to work. It’s evident that Ramos and his protégé Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s reasons for pushing amendments to the Constitution are self-serving: they ant to deflect the nation’s attention from the political crisis and the call for Macapagal-Arroyo’s removal from office.”

“Isn’t Mr. Ramos already aware that there is already a civil war in the country, and that it is a revolt against poverty and exploitation? Ramos should know because he is one of the presidents who made sure that the Philippines will remain economically backward: it’s his Philippines 2000 and policies of deregulation, liberalization and privatization that landed the country in the deep economic mess it is in now. Ramos himself is responsible for the monopolization of independent power producers in the electricity industry – he signed those anomalous contracts,” he said.

The veteran labor leader turned activist legislator said that the Filipino people would much rather dance to the Macarena – Macapagal-Arroyo Resign Na – than to Cha cha. “The objectives and motives of those pushing for Charter Change are suspect. One the one hand, their justifications for Cha cha are all tied with the demands of foreign creditors and investors that the country remove all remaining legal barriers to the full liberalization of the economy. On the other hand, they want to amend the system of government to make it easier to control and dominate – quartering the country into small, supposedly federal local governments.”

“The Filipino people have nothing to gain from charter change and everything to lose. The likes of Macapagal-Arroyo, Ramos, and their allies in Congress pushing for cha cha cannot be expected to support amendments that will establish stronger protectionist policies, or advocating the full nationalization of all vital industries barring ownership of foreign investors. The amendments they want will without doubt plunge the country into deeper national mendicancy, stripping the country of all economic and political sovereignty,” he said.#


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