Thursday, November 03, 2005

NR1102:GMA to run in parliamentary polls in 2007?

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release November 2, 2005

After cheating in the 2004 polls, it's ridiculous that GMA can still think that Filipinos would still vote for her in any other election, even parliamentary

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that illegitimate president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's agreement to proposals to hold a parliamentary election in 2007 should be taken as an affirmative sign that even Arroyo aknowledges how weakened her leadership is, and thus she's become willing to make compromises.

"But even as she admits indirectly that her beleaguered administration is severely affected by the relentless attacks against its credibility and legitimacy, Macapagal-Arroyo is still displaying characteristic stubborness. There will be no change in government if Arroyo is still in the running and insisting on her right to the highest office in the land. This political stalemate will extend on and on until the inevitable conclusion is reached- that of her removal from office," he said.

Beltran said that it's ridiculous that Mapacapagal-Arroyo even begins to think that she still has chances of winning any election. "After the mockery she has made of the 2004 polls when she cheated her way to victory, it's an outrage that Macapagal-Arroyo can still think that Filipinos would still want to consider her a candidate for anything."

"All this talk about charter change and shift to a parliamentary system are just the product of relentless and self-serving ambitions of politicians allied with Macapagal-Arroyo. The challenge to implement immediate economic and political reforms is already upon us, glaring at all of us in the face of the Filipino people's increasing poverty, but Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies ignore these calls for reforms and instead insist on their own ideas for charter change. Amending the constitution and parliamentary elections are under no circumstances priorities of the Filipino people.Macapagal-Arroyo is viewing possible parliamentary elections as a means to extricate and save herself from the raging political crisis which exploded because of the her; and at the same time her unsatiable greed for power pushes her to open up to compromises."

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that what Filipinos want is for Macapagal-Arroyo to resign. "This is the strongest public clamor. Macapagal-Arroyo's a politician totally discredited, and her credibility is down to zero. The massive fraud she perpetrated in May 2004 nullifies all her rights to run for any public office -- even running for barangay captain she should be held ineligible."

"At this point when she's so desperate, Macapagal-Arroyo is prepared to grasp even at loose straws just so she can remain in Malacanang. "#


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