Tuesday, October 04, 2005

NR1003:Investigating a rumor; local bills stagnating in the senate

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin B. BeltranNews Release October 3, 2005
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On local bills stagnating in the Senate:

IF Arroyo allies in the House really want to help their constituencies, they will call for the overhaul of the 2006 budget and call for increased allocations for public health, education and housing

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the ‘stagnation’ of local bills and measures in the Senate as the said body busies itself with investigations into various national concerns such as the anomalous NorthRail contract and the prevalence of jueteng in the countryside should be expected as the political crisis worsens.

“Even as congress especially lawmakers allied with the incumbent illegitimate and corrupt executive continue to pile local bills supposedly for their respective constituencies, the national bills they’ve supported and pressuring their senate counterparts to approve negate whatever good their local bills could do,” he said.

“At least the investigations in the senate such as those on the anomalous PNR contract and jueteng serve to educate the Filipino people on the massive and deep-seated corruption in the executive and the higher offices in the bureaucracy, and convince the public that the illegitimate executive should be removed from power. These senate investigations are eye-openers for the public, and teach valuable lessons on how to expose bureaucratic corruption which is what eats away at the taxpayers’ money and bring the economy to its knees.”

“Even if lawmakers file hundreds of local bills for the construction of roads or the painting of various buildings in their respective districts, these won’t do any good in the long run. Administration lawmakers are guilty of supporting the infamous tax measures Malacanang is foisting on the Filipino people, including the new expanded value-added tax. The proposal for the 2006 budget is also anti-poor and anti-people through and through – given that it gives priority to debt servicing, military operations and privatization efforts,” he said.

“This new budget, along with the other priority bills of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration should be opposed and completely overhauled to reflect what the Filipino people really need, not what the foreign creditors and their big business partners demand.’

The veteran labor leader said that it the national and priority bills Malacanang allies in the House and the Senate support and railroad through both Houses severely undermine the economic welfare of the Filipino poor and further sink country into penury.

“The small, local pieces of legislation for the districts are well and good, but they can only give very minimal relief to Filipinos. The bills that Malacanang is imposing on Congress to legislate, though smaller in number, are more destructive in effect and impact. The longer these bills are delayed, the better. If Arroyo allies in the House genuinely want to help their respective constituencies fight and win against poverty, they should push for the complete overhaul of the 2006 proposed national budget and push for increased allocations for public health, education and housing, as well as do away with the automatic appropriations clause.”

He also challenged Arroyo allied-solons to support the bills allowing a P3,000 salary hike for government employees, a P125 across-the-board wage hike for workers, the nationalization and buy-back of Petron, and the junking of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) and the Oil Deregulation Law coupled with the nationalization of said industries to bring down electricity rates and oil costs through government pricing regulation. “These are bills that would provide immediate economic relief to the Filipino people, not just in certain districts, “ he pointed out.#


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