Friday, June 16, 2006

Gov't creating its own destabilizers

From the Office of Congressman Crispin Beltran
Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006
Tel. # (+632) 931-6615 Email:

June 16, 2006

Gov't creating its own destabilizers, Beltran says
Detained solon hits AFP's justifications for Erap 5 raid, says relief of ISAFP head only a band-aid remedy to cover up for govt's flawed counter-insurgency campaign

"The Arroyo government and her cohorts in the military are creating their own destabilizers by forcing fabricated confessions from civilians and irresponsibly tagging activists as enemies of the state," Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran said today in reaction to the military's continuing over-ups for the Erap 5 case.

Beltran, currently detained by the Arroyo administration under rebellion raps, said that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now trying to "lamely justify this blatant and condemnable violation of civil and political rights by fallaciously implying that it was done in the service of fighting communism".

"So what if it was a botched 'anti-communist' raid? Does being a suspected communist justify the state's warrantless arrest, arbitrary detention, and torture of civilians? Does being a suspected communist justify the total suspension of one's civil, political, and human rights? The military exposes its relentless murder of logic and basic democratic rights with such statements.," Beltran said.

"Under the Arroyo administration, at least 607 civilians and activists have been assassinated by suspected military death squads on the flimsy excuse that they were 'suspected communists'. The Arroyo administration has blatantly tolerated the spread of such killings, and is now making excuses for grave violations of civilian rights against people who are speaking out against the massive electoral fraud, betrayal of public trust, corruption, Constitutional and human rights violations that President Arroyo and her cohorts have engaged in since 2001," Beltran said.

Beltran also viewed the relief of Lt. Col. Henry Robinson as commander of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP)- Military Intelligence Group (MIG-15) as a "mere band-aid remedy to cover up for the flaws and injustices inherent in the government's draconian and repressive anti-insurgency campaign, Oplan Bantay Laya."

"Panakip-butas lang ito sa pasismong pinapairal ng administrasyong Arroyo.The military dismisses and flogs the fall guys. But it retains and coddles the framework of political repression under which these abominable arrests, detentions, killings, and tortures are perpetuated," Beltran said.

The 73-year old solon and labor rights leader has been arbitrarily detained by the police since February 25, 2006. He remains under police custody at the Philippine Heart Center after his health deteriorated while under solitary confinement in Camp Crame. ###


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