Friday, October 28, 2005

NR1025:Snap polls, coalition govt serve to give GMA a chance to recover, or exit gracefully

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release October 25, 2005

Calls for snap polls, coalition government serve to give Macapagal-Arroyo a graceful way out - Rep. Beltran

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the illegitimate president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is dreaming awake if she thinks that her proposal for a power sharing or the creation of a coalition government with members of the opposition.

"There's no compromising with this illegitimate presidency. Macapagal-Arroyo's proposals are all-serving, and none of them will do at all. She must step down. This is the only way to ease the building pressure of the political crisis she has brought down upon the country. The fact that she is open to the the proposal of power sharing already indicates her aknowledgement of how serious the crisis is. Macapagal-Arroyo's leadership is severely weakened, and to even begin considering sharing power with her is folly. Efforts should be focused on gathering the greatest number of Filipinos in a massive and popular protest that will pressure her to step down," he said.

Beltran said that all talks of power sharing and snap elections have an effect of lessening the pressure on the illegitimate presidency. "These proposals hint at giving Macapagal-Arroyo a graceful way out and serve to recognize her illegitimate claim to the presidency when what she really is is an usurper. These are unprincipled compromises that she's being offered. The crimes she has committed against the Filipino people apart from the cheating in the 2004 elections do not merit that she be treated with kid gloves or to be allowed a graceful exit. There are no signs at all that she is willing to leave on her volition, when her resignation is the only way the current political crisis can be settled satisfactorily. "

"Power sharing with such a corrupt and increasingly fascistic administration can only lead to heightened crises. Macapagal-Arroyo cannot and should not be allowed to continue wielding any official powers, much less share them with whomever she is willing to have compromises with. In this set-up, the Filipino people and their economic and political interests will all the more be undermined and ignored -- taking a backseat to the respective political agendas of those who seek to share power or collude with Macapagal-Arroyo via a coalition government set-up."

"We say no to snap elections, no to coalition government with Gloria, and a strong 'yes' to People Power. "

Finally, the veteran labor leader turned legislator dismissed the assertion of presidential image consultant Gabby Claudio that Macapagal-Arroyo's critics are desperate to find more means to destabilize the admnistration before the Christmas season begins.

"What Christmas is Mr. Claudio talking about? Thanks to his boss and her allies, the Filipino people are in for a restive Christmas and an unhappy new year. Macapagal-Arroyo's relenetless attacks against the economic welfare of Filipinos such as the imposition of the expanded value added tax ensures that there will be hardly any rejoicing in the homes of working class Filipinos," he said. "If anything, the Christmas season will be nothing but an occasion to further feel the abuse and corruption of this government."


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