Friday, November 11, 2005

NR1111:Macapagal-Arroyo's criticism against media ignorant, insulting and self-serving

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release November 11, 2005

Macapagal-Arroyo's criticism against media ignorant, insulting and self-serving - Rep. Beltran

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that presiden of dubious legitimacy Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has some gall accusing the media for the worsening economic and political situation in the country and for saying that media should refrain from covering events that attack or criticize the government and its corruption.

"Macapagal-Arroyo is the biggest loser of them all. What right has she to accuse and exhort the media of destabilizing the country when it she, herself who is the main reason why the country remains in economic free fall. The media is just doing its duty to report the new-worthy events that take place, and without doubt, it's also doing its role as the Fourth Estate -- mainly being the watchdog of the government," he said. "It's actually pathetic that she's taken to accusing the media for the mess she's in. It's the media who write about and report the events-- not make them. Macapagal-Arroyo's crookedness is no fault but her own."

"Macapagal-Arroyo wants to muzzle and gag the media into silence, toke it a mute witness to the swift and critical twists and turns in the country's political developments. What Macapagal-Aroyo wants is a brainless media who will only report fluff pieces and the lies masquerading as progress reports as concocted by her spin doctors. This is an outrageous insult against journalists and their respective institutions who seek to perform their duties and responsiblities to the public as best as they can. Macapagal-Arroyo should be roundly condemned for even making such statements against the media. The media is not Malacanang's right arm and should never be. If Macapagal-Arroyo wants good coverage about herself, she should do the right thing and resign," he said.

The veteran labor leader turned activist said that there is no justifying Macapagal-Arroyo and her spokespersons' attempts to criminalize the Citizens Congress for Truth and Accountability (CCTA) and to make it appear that the organizers and leaders of the same are guilty of sedition.

"The truth is, everyone who speaks out against the corruption, intensifying political repression and burgeoning dictatorship of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration is automatically an enemy. Macapagal-Arroyo is already and justifiably insecure in the post she has illegally occupied, and the strong words she continues all the more expose her desperation," he said.

"She has no moral or legal ascendancy to chastise or criticize the media much less the leaders of the opposition. She has lied, cheated and stolen her way to office, and the country continues to sink deep intp penury because of her corruption. Media should ignore her rants and not be dissuaded, pressured or threatened into stopping their reportage about the CCTA or other events and activities of various groups that seek to expose the truth about this corrupt admnistration."


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