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0623: Face impeachment raps once and for all, Beltran dares GMA

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran
Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006
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June 23, 2006

Face impeachment raps once and for all, Beltran dares GMA

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should quit evading the issues raised against her administration and face the new impeachment complaint fairly and squarely, Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran said today.

"If she has really nothing to hide, then she should face the unresolved charges against her eye to eye. If she did not commit electoral fraud, graft and corruption, betrayal of public trust, culpable violations of the Constitution and human rights violations, then President Arroyo should prove so once and for all by answering, point by point, to the new impeachment complaint launched yesterday," said the detained lawmaker currently confined at the Philippine Heart Center for Asia.

"I see no reason why the Palace should scamper away from the impeachment. GMA will have nothing to lose if she really is on the side of the truth," Beltran said.

Beltran cautioned Arroyo's allies in Congress "against doing a repeat performance of murdering the impeachment raps'. "Millions of Filipino workers are disappointed because of Congress' inability to approve the third reading of the P125 wage hike bill this month, as per directives of the Palace. They will not be amused if Congress also suppresses their desire to have the truth about the 2004 elections and other issues be resolved through the impeachment complaint," Beltran said.

"Citizens will have more reason to junk the Arroyo administration for good if GMA's allies in Congress kill the impeachment process like they did last year," Beltran warned.

Beltran advised administration solons "to reflect deeply on the moral and political consequences of their puppetry to the Palace this time".

"Konsensiya na nila iyan. They know that we are all beholden to the Filipino people as public servants, and not to the President," Beltran said.

Beltran's illegal arrest and arbitrary detention will be one of the issues raised in the new impeachment complaint against the President. His Acting Chief-of-Staff Ofelia Balleta yesterday joined 300 other individuals at the Club Filipino to sign the complaint on behalf of Beltran.

"Congressman Beltran's rights as an individual and as a parliamentarian have been violated by President Arroyo's political crackdown after PP 1017. The President therefore must be held accountable for these violations against his civil, political, and human rights and parliamentary immunity from arrest," Balleta said. ###


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