Wednesday, December 07, 2005

NR1207: Is Negroponte here to pressure RP into acquitting 6 US

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release December 7, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Is Negroponte here to pressure RP into acquitting 6 US servicemen who raped a 22-year old Filipina?

Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran today said that the sudden arrival of top ranking US intelligence expert John Negroponte in the country well indicates the US government’s rising concerns over the delays of the passage of an anti-terrorism bill in the Philippines, and the escalating political tension over the rape of a 22-year old Filipina by six US Marines.

“Is Negroponte here to deliver his government’s ultimatum regarding the rape case? Under no circumstances should the US government through Negroponte or any other US
official be allowed to exert influence over this case or over any other controversial issue affecting the country’s international security affairs,” he said.

“The six US servicemen cannot and should not be allowed to leave the country and they must be convicted and imprisoned on Philippine soil. Not even US Pres. George Bush can be allowed to influence the outcome of the rape trial and the continuing criminal investigations. These servicemen should be taught a lesson and punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

”The mounting calls for the abrogation of military treaties and agreements between the Philippines and the US such as the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) are also a cause of concern for the US. It cannot be denied that this rape case has reawakened anti-US military sentiment and rekindled the fires of patriotism in many Filipinos. The Macapagal-Arroyo administration will have yet another explosive situation in its hands if the courts acquit the US servicemen and bow to US pressure.”

The veteran labor leader turned legislator also said that Negroponte’s arrival in the country well signifies the US government’s concerns over the delays in the passage of the anti-terrorism bill, and the Philippine government’s positions on the upcoming discussions in the 6th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) where the US is leading the campaign for the full liberalization of agriculture in the poorer economies.

“Negronponte is the US government’ henchman and errand boy here to deliver the orders of his masters to the Philippine government. He should go back to the US and tell his bosses that there is still strong and steadily growing resistance to the US continuing’ interference in Philippine economic, military and political affairs,’ he concluded.#


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