Friday, March 10, 2006

Bring me to Congress for Monday's plenary sessions

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran *

Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006

Tel. # (+632) 426-9442 Email:
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*March 10, 2006*

"If helping the poor is a crime,

and fighting for freedom is rebellion,

then I plead guilty as charged."

--Crispin Beltran, August 1982 Supreme Court hearing

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Bring me to Congress for Monday's plenary sessions,

Rep. Beltran requests PNP

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Illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran intends to attend
next week's plenary sessions at the House of Representatives, calling on the
Philippine National Police (PNP) to escort him from Camp Crame to Congress
from March 13 to 15.

In a handwritten letter addressed to PNP Director-General Arturo Lomibao,
Rep. Beltran requested for police escorts to and from the House of
Representatives from March 13 to 15, in order to attend plenary sessions.

Beltran expressed intentions to specifically lobby for the passage of the
P125 across-the-board wage hike bill for private-sector workers, the P3,000
across-the-board salary hike for government employees, and the repeal of the
Presidential Decree 1177, which allows for the automatic budgetary
appropriations for debt servicing.

While in illegal detention at Camp Crame, Rep. Beltran expressed
apprehensions over his absence at the ongoing hearings on the national
budget, particularly for appropriations concerning the welfare of the labor
sector, urban poor, migrants, and land reform.

The letter was distributed to Gen. Lomibao and Hon. Roberto Nazareno,
Secretary-General of the House of Representatives earlier this morning. No
response from the PNP has been registered as of this afternoon. ###


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