Friday, January 20, 2006

NR0119: on Oakwood soldier's escape

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 19, 2006. Thursday

Oakwood soldiers’ reported escape only underscores the crumbling foundations of Arroyo administration –Rep. Beltran

Reacting to news of the reported escape of the four Army junior officers who took part in the 2003 Oakwood mutiny from Fort Bonifacio, Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran said that “military unrest over the illegitimacy and corruption of the Arroyo administration is increasing alongside the peoples’ intensified unrest over the severe economic hardships expected in 2006, due to the full impact of the Expanded Value Added Tax, wage hike freezes, rate and price hikes, and unemployment.”

“If the Oakwood soldiers did escape, then it only emphasizes the military’s increasing inability to secure unrest against the Arroyo administration within its ranks. It doesn’t matter whether the escape was due to military incompetence or connivance, whether it was facilitated by sympathetic military men or the shameful failure of ‘military intelligence’ to preempt such an act. Both angles will still point to the same direction: that the brittle foundations of GMA’s few support mechanisms are crumbling,” he said.

“The Oakwood mutiny would have not occurred in the first place if not for the growing disenchantment of promising young and patriotic soldiers with the excesses and rottenness of the Arroyo administration,” he added.

The activist solon reiterated his respect for the Oakwood mutineers and their continuing criticism of the Arroyo administration. “At least, their patriotic attempts to contribute to GMA’s ouster are more becoming of soldiers tasked to safeguard the welfare of the Filipino people, rather than their superiors who do nothing but tow the line of a corrupt and anti-poor Commander-in-Chief. Others in the PNP and AFP should emulate their principles of patriotism,” he said.

“All of this unrest ultimately boils down to the point that Arroyo’s illegal and immoral stay in the Palace is the source of all this turmoil plaguing us today. The President and her un-presidential deeds is the primary source of destabilization and political unrest,” the activist solon reiterated.

Rep. Beltran also believes that an immediate probe into the actual circumstances of the reported escape should be conducted. “This is in light of the angle that the ‘escape’ and the rapid dissemination of this information, as reported by the AFP, happened under rather dubious circumstances. Army Chief Lt. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon should quit haranguing the Oakwood mutineers’ lawyer Roel Pulido with the ridiculous insinuation that Atty. Pulido may have had a hand in the escape and instead seriously conduct a probe immediately,” he said. ##


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