Friday, March 16, 2007

Gloria Arroyo deserves to be impeached for having practically ceded authority to the AFP, military

Friday March 16, 2007

Gloria Arroyo deserves to be impeached for having practically ceded authority to the AFP, military

Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran today said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo deserves to be impeached and effectively removed from office because the international outrage generated by her failure to address and stop the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. He said that even the United States government holds her inevitably accountable for the killings.

"Macapagal-Arroyo has practically in all but words ceded authority to the military in addressing the worsening civil, political and human rights crisis in the country. She insists that she will mainly focus on economic reforms, deliberately ignoring the truth that without social justice, no economic reform can ever serve the interest of the poor and working people," he said. "It's highly noticeable that the AFP has become even become more vocal and authoritative, its various spokespersons eclipsing even Malacanang spokesman Ignacio Bunye. The state of the nation is being directed by the military."

"President Arroyo has issued so many statements and promises saying that her administration is concerned over the killings, but the fact remains that she has consistently refused to order the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the AFPs paramilitary and mercenary partners to stop the operations against the members of progressive party-lists and militant people's organizations. The Philippines only retains a very thin veneer of being a civilized society because of the shocking number of extrajudicial killings of civilians," he said.

"Arroyo has also substantially failed to lift the incomes and general welfare of ordinary workers and rank-and-file government employees. Whatever increase there is in the value of the peso is not due to a genuine improvement in the economy due to Arroyo's reforms, but because it's election season when money traditionally floods in. There has also been another increase in the dollar remittances of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs)."

Beltran said that on all fronts, Macapagal-Arroyo has failed the presidential mandate "which she never had the right to have in the first place because of the fraud she perpetrated in the May 2004 polls," he said.

"Why is Macapagal-Arroyo so afraid of the impeachment process? Because she herself knows that she deserves to be impeached. It is simply a greed for power and selfishness that gives her the strength to cling to her office despite the glaring reality that her governance has brought the country to its knees economically and politically speaking."

Beltran said that Filipinos should all the more vote against the candidates fielded by the administration. "The Arroyo camp insists that the opposition has only one agenda, which is to impeach her; well, the Arroyo candidates have one primary goal: to keep Arroyo from being impeached and removed from office until 2010," he said. #


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