Tuesday, September 20, 2005

NR0919:US spy report on military restiveness at least accurate

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release September 19, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
cp number 09213907362 geocities.com/ap_news

Solon says US intelligence report on restive military is at least accurate; US spying on RP political, military affairs not new

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that he was not at all surprised with reports that the United States was keeping close tabs on developments in the Philippines’ political and military affairs. “The US is expected to monitor the Philippines quite closely given the US’ deep-seated economic and political interests in the region. The Philippine government led by Macapagal-Arroyo is most probably the most loyal among all of the US’ so-called allies in the world, and the US wants to make sure that the Philippines remains subservient to American interests,” he said. He pointed out, however, that the US embassy’s reports that there were planned coup de etats that did not materialize in the recent months, should, however, be confirmed.

“Where is the US embassy getting all this information but from insiders in the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the AFP’s intelligence network? What is more important, however, is to determine what the US intends to do should any coup de etat take place and whether or not it will support these military take-overs,” he said. “The US’ behind-the-scenes but sometimes overt influence over political developments in the country has been already exposed time and again, but the Philippine government has done nothing but welcome this meddling. Malacanang and its allies have no one to blame or criticize for this but itself. The US intelligent report on growing dissent within the military ranks is at least quite accurate. As for the supposed coup plans, we have no way of knowing that unless Malacanang can compel the US embassy to reveal its sources regarding such reports.“

Beltran said that it was no secret that the Arroyo administration continues to pour billions of taxpayer’s funds on efforts to spy on the citizenry and improve the intelligence capability of the AFP – “including seeking the help of foreign intelligence and research groups,” he said. “The plot to railroad an anti-terrorism bill as well as the imposition of a national ID system are part and parcel of their efforts to legalize spying on public officials and ordinary citizens alike,” he said.

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that with or without the US report on plots for a military take-over, there is no way that the public will support a military-headed leadership to take-over the Arroyo presidency on the event of its downfall. He said that the power and superiority of civilian rule must always take precedence over any military force.

“Without doubt, the rank and file and young officers of the AFP have well-established and justified grounds for agitating against the incumbent administration and its shameless corruption. This is why they are being encouraged to put their support behind the broadening civilian-led movement demanding truth and justice against the corrupt and illegitimate Arroyo presidency,” he said. “Coup de etats will only be short-lived, and will not be supported by the public. Their best bet would be to unite with the civilian organizations at the forefront of the campaign and protests for Arroyo’s removal and ouster via popular collective action,” he said.#


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