Tuesday, November 15, 2005

NR1115:Malacanang dared to reveal ad campaign on bird flu; Palace wants to bombard the public with stories unconnected to political, economic crisis

From the Office of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release November 15, 2005

Solon dares Malacanang reveal ad campaign on bird flu; says Palace wants to bombard the public with stories unconnected to political, economic crisis

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that said that Malacanang's dealings with the ad and publicity agency Mccaan-Ericksonmost likely go beyond consultations on public dissemination of information on the supposed impending outbreak of bird flu. Beltran dared Malacanang spokesperson Ignacio Bunye to reveal the details of the contract and to present to the media the details of the supposed information campaign on bird flu McCaan-Erickson is being paid to handle.

"Given Malacanang's desperation to turn the public's attnetion from the continuing protests against the president of dubious legitimacy and the various forms of protests against her corruption and rising polutical repression, it wouldn't be surprising at all if the bird flu epidemic is being used by the government as a diversionary issue," he said. "Despite the possible seriousness of the supposed pending outbreak, the public's attention is still rivetted to the protests against Arroyo and the various activities geared toars exposing the various charges against her. Macapagal-Arroyo is far from being off the hook, and she's desperate for means to deflect public attention from her person and the prptests against her."

"The McCaan-Erickson contract Malacanang is supposedly in the process of forging could cover more than the projection of information regarding the bird flu, but could also entail a comprehensive media campaign intended to clean up Macapagal-Arroyo's corrupt image," he said.

"If it was really the bird flu outrbreak that Malacanang wants to disseminate information on, then it should've been the task of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to do so. Macapagal-Arroyo wants to embark on a full-scale ad and media campaign to project her so-called strong republic, and to bombard the media with various stories that will take attention away from the protests against her -- including activities such as the Citizens' Congress for Truth and Accountability," he said.

"Malacanang want to flood the public with stories that are not connected to raging economic and political crisis, and what better institution to do this than a well-established advertising company whose main jon, after all, is to sell products and services the public does not necesarrily need?"


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