Wednesday, September 21, 2005

NR0921:US report on Noli a challenge for him to take a stronger stand against US meddling

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release September 21, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff

US Embassy report should challenge the Vice-President to take a stronger stand against US meddling in Philippine internal affairs; abandon Arroyo camp

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today challenged Vice-President Noli de Castro to take a strong stand against the US Embassy and the economic and political interests in represents in the country. This in the light of the recent expose of the US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Joseph Mussomeli’s report to Washington.

“This is a very good chance for the vice-president to speak up on behalf of the Filipino people and denounce US meddling in the Philippines’ economic, political and military affairs,” he said. “While it is true that he has shown neither fire nor fervor in his post, he can at least take a stand as a Filipino and speak out against the United States’ relentless interference which has resulted to the Philippines remaining backward and pre-industrial,” he said.

Beltran said that while it is true that it his mostly his popularity as a tv broadcaster that helped him become senator and then vice-president, de Castro as not shown any genuine leadership or expressed any definitive stand on crucial issues affecting the country. He has remained mostly in the shadow, and this has given the widespread impression of his political mediocrity.

“But a challenge is now rising to Mr. de Castro to use his popularity for the common good. He should abandon the Macapagal-Arroyo camp and join the protests against her corrupt and illegitimate government, even as he should renounce any plans or ambitions to succeed Mrs. Arroyo in office,’ he said.

“The US embassy’s report on his ineptness is by far the most insulting thing against his person and his office, and the vice-president should now shake off his lethargy and speak out against US meddling – if only to defend the Philippines’ political sovereignty.”

The veteran labor leader turned legislator also pointed out that given the US’ assessment of de Castro’s skills and capabilities, it’s dead certain that the US will never support a de Castro presidency. He said that this should also make de Castro stand up and denounce the continuing influence of the US in the Philippines’ governance. “Mussomeli’s report exposes how hands-on the US is when it comes to monitoring and influencing internal political affairs. This should at least give de Castro a valuable lesson in politics.” #


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