Saturday, September 24, 2005

NR0924:Marcos dictatorship survivor says never again to martial law

From the office of Anakpawis Rep.Crispin Beltran
News Release September 24, 2005

Marcos dictatorship survivor-solon says Never Again to Martial Law : “Macapagal-Arroyo joining the roster of the world’s fascist dictators”

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran to said that should Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo push through with its plans to impose martial law, the militant and progressive forces in Philippine society will rise the challenge and defeat her and put an end to her regime once and for all. “Macapagal-Arroyo is evidently hell-bent on craving a niche for herself in the gallery of worst traitors to Philippine democracy. Already she has already secured for herself a reputation of being a Marcos clone with her increasingly worsening record of human rights violations. The moment she declares martial law, she seals her infamy in posterity,” he said.

The martial law veteran and labor leader turned activist lawmaker said that the Filipino people survived the Marcos dictatorship, and they will survive and emerge victorious over the Macapagal-Arroyo regime. He said, however, that this time around, in the face of the Arroyo administration’s rising tyranny and burgeoning dictatorship, Filipinos will not let 20 years pass before defeating the rising dictatorship.

“Again and again we say – never again to martial law. There is no way that we will allow the incumbent corrupt and illegitimate president to subject the Filipino people to the dark days of authoritarian rule. We urge the members of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to defy any and all plans of Pres. Arroyo to impose martial law and suspend all democratic and human rights,” he said.

“We appeal to the members of the PNP and AFP and their sense of reason and patriotism as well as to whatever remaining respect they have for human rights to stand up against any attempt to declare martial rule,” he said. “All Filipinos should unite against martial law.”

Beltran in the meantime said that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) stand supporting the government’s ban on protests and rallies was most condemnable and unfortunate. He said that the CBCP’s leadership was unwittingly allowing themselves to become party to the government’s calibrated attacks against the Filipino people’s civil liberties and democratic rights. He appealed to the more enlightened members of the CBCP to speak out against the CBCP leadership’s support for the government’s crackdown on civil rights.

“The CBCP should not aid and abet this corrupt, illegitimate and fascistic government in further undermining the welfare of the Filipino people. The Catholic church in the Philippines should instead provide inspiring leadership to the Filipino people at this time of intense political turmoil and economic chaos. Unity should be forged between all democratic forces in Philippine society to defeat the Macapagal-Arroyo administration’s relentless and vicious attacks against genuine democracy – the democracy that’s living and breathing in the streets of Ayala, EDSA and Mendiola and demanding the removal of Pres. Arroyo,” he said. #


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