Wednesday, October 05, 2005

NR1006:GMA's 2006 GAA proposal a martial law budget

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran News Release October 6, 2005

Office of the President demanding P650 million for confidential and intelligence operations; GMA’s 2006 budget proposal a Martial Law budget

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that illegitimate president and rising dictator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s office was peopled by active personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police. He said that the Office of the President should be made to divulge the work background and experience of the staff and officers under its jurisdiction. Mrs. Arroyo’s executive secretary is Gen. Eduardo Ermita. He also said that there are 1,200 members of the Presidential Security Group.

“What are the motives of Mrs. Arroyo for giving key positions to active police and military elements? These men and women have been oriented in a military mindset, and trained in military operations. It’s highly doubtful that they’re genuinely qualified for civilian posts. And given the increasingly militarist character of the executive, it’s obvious that these days the Office of the President’s main goal is to quash all forms of political dissent and silence critics. Mrs. Arroyo wants approval for a Martial Law budget,” he said.

“Mrs. Arroyo has military men advising her. They’re the same ones urging her to take more hardline steps against the disillusioned and disgusted public, including the imposition of an unconstitutional ban on street protests as well as the implementation of national ID system and the railroading of an anti-terror law as well as other executive orders and decrees that curtail the Filipino people’s constituency’s civil and political rights,” he said.

The veteran labor leader also questioned the fact that Office of the President as the biggest share in the government? budget for Confidential and Intelligence Expenses. “The office of the executive is demanding a whopping P650 million budget for intelligence, just like it did -and was given -- in 2005. Even if the over-all allocations for confidential and intelligence operations has decreased in the 2006 proposal, the share of the Office of the President increased, from 49% to 52%. What? more, how this amount will be utilized is solely up to the discretion of the executive, given the stated explanations that the fund is to be released upon the approval of the President,” he pointed out.

‘It’s not a farfetched idea that these funds are actually going into the spy operations of Malacanang directed against the illegitimate president’s political opponents. Malacanang Palace should now be a virtual intelligence and spy lab with high-tech gadgetry given the massive budget it? appropriating for intelligence purposes,” he said. “Does Mrs. Arroyo have a penchant for spy thrillers, or has she become so relentlessly paranoid that she has set up surveillance cameras in every nook and cranny of Malacanang, including secret set-ups in the houses of her political adversaries?”

Beltran said that it’s indicative of Mrs. Arroyo’s increasing paranoia and the truth that the president has many, many enemies. “Otherwise, why should the President have the largest share of this fund in the first place considering that the Office of the President is neither the main investigating and intelligence gathering body of the national government?”

The activist lawmaker also slammed what he termed as the executive’s shameless hypocrisy in seeking funds of P3.0 million for the EDSA People Power Commission to conduct regular consultations with political and religious leaders to supposedly “heal the wounds of EDSA.” In her message concerning the budget, Mrs. Arroyo said that she will make sure that the pursuit of measures to address the issues and concerns of other groups that threaten the security of the nation shall be sustained.”

“Without doubt she is referring to the Filipino poor who remain at the forefront of protests against her corrupt and illegitimate presidency. The poor were the main bulk at EDSA 1, 2 and 3. She’s accusing the poor and the organizations that represent their interest as destabilizers,” he said. #


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