Wednesday, November 23, 2005

NR1122: For the sake of the Filipino people and the national interest, the Senate should continue ignoring Cha cha

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release November 22, 2005

For the sake of the Filipino people and the national interest, the Senate should continue ignoring Congressmen’s call for Charter Change – Rep. Beltran

Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran today said that the Charter Change agenda constitutes treason against the Philippines and the Filipino people, and pointed out that all lawmakers who support to amend the Constitution by removing all protectionist provisions in to pave the way for a 100 percent liberalized Philippine economy will be known in history as traitors to the national interest.

“For the sake of the Filipino people and the national interest, we hope that the Senate continues to dismiss the moves for Charter change emanating from Congress. There are infinitely more important, more urgent issues the country’s lawmakers should attend to, and amending the Constitution is not one of them. If congressmen are really sincere in wanting what’s best for their respective constituencies, they should support the calls for increases in wages and salaries for workers and government employees; the scrapping of the oil deregulation law and rollback of oil prices; and the nationalization of the electric and power industry to bring down electricity costs. This charter change plot is elitist and anti-people,” he said.

Beltran said that the Charter Change agenda is a heinous plot to further rape the country and legalize this rape. “The proponents of Charter Change seek to overhaul the highest law of the land and make it fit the over-all economic and financial agenda of foreign big business and their local partners. This is a matter of making the Philippines fully accessible and vulnerable to the rapacious greed of foreign big business who want to completely exploit the country’s resources and manpower. The political restructuring of the government under an amended charter, meanwhile, is to establish a government that will rubber-stamp all economic reforms that will spell superprofits for the ruling elite on the one hand, and devastation for the poor and working people.”

“It’s a moot debate, the issue of whether the government system should be changed to parliamentary from presidential. So long as the same political elite remain in power, with their stranglehold over the economy and all seats of governance, there can never be progress in the Philippines. The country will forever remain poor and the people under the yoke of economic deprivation and political repression. The only ones pushing for Charter change are the very same individuals and groups who want unhampered political power so they can consolidate their economic wealth further at the expense of the poor majority.”

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that when in comes down to the brass tacks, Charter Change proponents were already violating the rules of Congress and the very laws of the land that criminalize actions inimical to public welfare and interest. “Charter Change proponents in the House are breaking the rules of Congress. They’ve twisted and manipulated Congressional procedures and rules pertaining to the passage of resolutions and committee reports just so they can proceed with their Charter Change agenda,” he said. #


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