Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Nr1206:Garci's charges against opposition lawmakers in May 2004 doesn't affect the higher crime perpetrated by GMA

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release December 6, 2005

Garci’s charges against opposition lawmakers in May 2004 doesn’t affect the higher crime perpetrated by GMA

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that former Comelec commissioner Virgilio Garcillano’s revelation of the names of several congressmen including opposition lawmaker who supposedly made calls to him during the height of the May 2004 electoral campaign should not deflect the public’s attention from the highest official.

“Garcillano is determined to direct the public’s attention away from the fact that the most controversial figure he spoke with during last year’s elections was Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself. The issue of whoever else Garcillano may have talked to during the same period is only secondary to this,” he said.

“If Malacanang and Garcillano are calling the lawmakers hypocrites, then what does this make Macapagal-Arroyo? For the longest time she denied having talked to Garcillano but only came out and admitted that she actually did contact the Comelec commissioner when the public heat got to0 much for her,” he said.

The veteran labor leader turned legislator said that it was also highly suspicious that Garcillano has opted to reveal the names of opposition lawmakers instead of divulging those of members of the administration. “It’s obvious that Garcillano wants to destroy the credibility of opposition lawmakers, especially those who are at the forefront of the investigations into the Garci tapes and the campaign to remove the illegitimate president from Malacanang. If he and Malacanang think that using the same tact of exposing opposition lawmakers’ conversations with Garci would diminish the charges against Macapagal-Arroyo, they’re mistaken.”

“Garcillano and his handlers can lob all the accusations they want against opposition lawmakers, but in the end it will still be revealed that the biggest crime was still perpetrated against Macapagal-Arroyo. Hers was nationwide and large-scale electoral fraud, and there are many more evidence to prove this besides the taped conversations she had with Garcillano.”

Finally, the veteran labor leader turned lawmaker expressed support for leaders of the minority led by Minority Leader Francis Escudero and Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, saying that their respective reputations and credibility as guradians of the truth behind the Garci tapes and the May 2004 electoral fraud campaign of the administration will survive Garcillano’s accusations. He said that members of the opposition whom Garcillano charged of having talked with him for ‘favors’ and ‘assistance’ in the May 2004 polls need not worry about Garcillano at all.

“The man has been consistently lying from the day he surfaced. The fact that he has lobbed these accusations already stand as concrete reason for the formal and full-blown investigations into the Garci tapes and Garcillano’s involvement’s in the electoral fraud caper of 2004 should commence,” he concluded.#


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