Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Nothing wrong with an agenda aiming for Macapagal-Arroyo's impeachment and removal from office; GMA's removal from office to benefit campaign...

Tuesday February 13, 2007

Nothing wrong with an agenda aiming for Macapagal-Arroyo's impeachment and removal from office; GMA's removal from office to benefit campaign for clean governance

Anakpawis Representative and first nominee Crispin Beltran today said that the candidates running under the banner of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can be said to have one main agenda: to keep Arroyo in office despite the strong and justified calls for her resignation because of deep-seated corruption, massive human rights violations and failure to implement economic measures that will improve the lives and welfare of the poor and exploited majority of Filipinos.

"Malacanang's candidates are saying that the Opposition's main agenda is to have Pres. Arroyo impeached. If that's the case, then the main agenda and platform of Pres. Arroyo's slate is to protect her and ensure that she remains in power until 2010 and even beyond," Beltran pointed out. "They aim to protect Arroyo and maintain the corrupt government she leads and maintains, the administration hounded by anomalies and controversies."

"What are the Arroyo candidates' stand on important issues such as the P125 wage hike for workers and P3,000 salary increase for government employees? On continued US military presence in the country and the US' interference in the country's politics and economy? On the extra-judicial killings? These are issues that Macapagal-Arroyo has ignored and dismissed, we expect her anointed ones to do the same and for this the public should not support their candidacies."

"There's nothing wrong with a platform of opposition to the Macapagal-Arroyo presidency. Having Arroyo impeached and removed from office will make it possible for the country to move forward, instead of being stuck in this rut of economic ruin and political degeneracy," he said. "Malacanang has handpicked its candidates not on the basis of their respective platforms, but primarily on the basis that they do not pose a threat to Macapagal-Arroyo's office. In the weeks leading to the finalization of Malacanang's slate, Pres. Arroyo and her handlers' panic were palpable: they were essentially forced to pick the leavings of the opposition which, in contrast, had no trouble finalizing its slate."

"Malacanang will now embark on an electoral campaign dodging unsettled and unresolved issues and controversies. Unable to answer the accusations directed against Pres. Arroyo, Malacanang's candidates will look highly defensive all throughout the campaign. Clearly, they will try to make the elections more of a popularity contest to try and deflect the public's attention from Arroyo's record and the issues of corruption and illegitimacy that continue to hound her presidency," Beltran said.

Beltran said that Macapagal-Arroyo's candidates for the senate are all in denial regarding the true state of the nation. "How else can they have chosen to side with Arroyo?"

The activist lawmaker and political detainee said that the candidates of the opposition can and will win the elections on the basis of their denunciation of Macapagal-Arroyo's programs and policies. "The opposite of what Gloria wants and what she's doing – this is what voters will support. Arroyo's anointed ones will only be serving as her errand boys and girls in the senate and in congress, and Arroyo will never be made to account for all the crimes she has committed in office, including the increasing militarization of the bureaucracy, the crackdown on civil liberties and democratic rights, and abetting the illegal, money-making rackets of the members of her family," he said. #


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