Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Do a Thaksin, Beltran urges GMA on her birthday

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran

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

Tel. # (+632) 426-9442 Email: crispinbeltran@gmail.com

URL: http:// www.geocities.com/ap_news

News Release

April 5, 2006

Do a Thaksin, Beltran urges GMA on her birthday

Do a real sacrifice for the good of the Filipino people and step down as Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra did yesterday, illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran advised President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on her birthday today.

"My wish for President Arroyo on her birthday is to discern and sincerely reflect on how her policies and moves for political exigency since the year 2000 are slowly tearing apart the fabric of Philippine society. I hope that the President realizes the depth and breadth of economic hardship, societal turmoil, violations of civil, political, and human rights, and erosion of national credibility her continuing stay in the Palace has caused," Beltran said.

"Prime Minister Thaksin's resignation yesterday has taught us the lesson that no head of state is indispensable and irreplaceable, if our government officials are indeed interested in upholding the welfare of the nation's majority. In the interest of preventing further hardship and turmoil among the Filipino toiling masses, I hope that Pres. Arroyo imbibes this message and seriously mulls over other viable options to her controversial and scandal-ridden stay in the Palace," Beltran said.

"If Thaksin can do it, GMA can," he added.

"It should shame the President that so many civilians and freedom-loving people have been killed, harassed, and suppressed during her term. We have clearly seen how Pres. Arroyo's various ploys to stay in power have yielded appalling and internationally-condemned human rights violations, such as the political harassment against progressive parliamentarians and the suspicious and still unresolved killings of activists and journalists," Beltran said.

The 73-year old solon and veteran labor leader is currently among the oldest political detainees under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration.

"I'm sure many will be pleased if GMA voluntarily leaves Malaca´┐Żang as her birthday gift to the Filipino people. One only has to look at the Social Weather Stations November 17 to December 4 2005 survey, showing that 54 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with GMA's performance, and the SWS poll from February 18 to March 4, 2006, which shows that 59% of respondents want GMA to resign," Beltran said. ###


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