Wednesday, January 18, 2006

NR0117: Heed survey, GMA resign now

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602.
Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer
Cellphone number 09277967006, 931-6615
News Release January 17, 2006. Tuesday
Heed the surveys and resign now, Ka Bel prods PGMA

Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran prodded Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to “once again to take a cue from the recent surveys affirming her unpopularity and the sorry state of the Filipino masses under her administration and resign right now”.

The latest survey conducted by the non-government think tank IBON Foundation from January 1 to 11, 2006 showed that Filipinos gave Arroyo a failing grade of 69%. 82.8 percent of the respondents to the IBON survey ranked her performance ‘unsatisfactory’ while only 7.9 percent assessed GMA as ‘satisfactory’. 65 percent of the respondents said that Arroyo should be removed right now.

“Arroyo should quit believing that she remains to be the jewel in the Palace. She should really resign before yet another survey confirms the shameful state of her mis-administration of the country before the world,” he added

“Two out of three Filipinos definitely want PGMA out of Malacañang. Mrs. Arroyo is bound to grow even more unpopular with the Filipino people in the next few weeks because of her vile plans for Charter Change and the Anti-Terrorism Bill, no significant support for the long-clamored for P125 across-the-board wage hike, the record-breaking hunger levels throughout the country, and the increase in the Expanded Value Added Tax from 10 percent to 12 percent effective on February 1,” Rep Beltran said, noting that 60.3 percent of the respondents believe their livelihood is not enough to meet their families’ needs and that the EVAT only increased the prices of basic commodities and services.

“Is the record-breaking hunger rate for 2005 not enough reason for PGMA to resign? Imagine what the hunger rate would be if GMA continues her illegitimate stay in office and promotion of anti-people policies until 2010,” Beltran commented. The January 11 2006 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey yielded a record-breaking double-digit increase of Filipino households which have experienced hunger. This is the highest yet recorded since 1998. 16.7% of Filipinos, or around 2.8 million of our countrymen, have regularly experienced being hungry in the last quarter of 2006.

Beltran scored Arroyo for “bluffing about the effectiveness of her supposed fiscal and political reforms when in fact these have brought nothing but hardship and unrest among the masses”. PGMA was quoted as saying in her speech at the seventh Triennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Operational Research Societies that “in government, in governance, the correct choice is not always the popular one. The chickens might not eat it so you force-feed them.”

“That is true. Mrs. Arroyo is force-feeding policies, such as higher taxes and fewer social services, a sell-out Charter Change, de facto suppression of civil liberties, and wage freezes because the people have long refused to gobble them up like chickens would do,” Beltran said.

“Madam, the correct choice is always the scientific one. Heed what the statistics and surveys say about your illegitimate, corrupt, and inutile term and resign now,” Rep. Beltran reiterated. ###


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