Monday, March 19, 2007

Macapagal-Arroyo must be referringto a different country when she says democracy is at work in the country

Monday March 19, 2007

Macapagal-Arroyo must be referringto a different country when she says democracy is at work in the country

Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran today said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is probably referring to a different country when she said that democracy is at work in the country.

"Most Filipinos would have a very difficult time swallowing Pres. Arroyo's desperate insistence that the Philippines is a democracy and it is headed towards economic and political stability. She must be dreaming awake or hallucinating whenever she says this. No one with two eyes and half a working brain in their head would agree with her. The country has been plunged in severe political chaos in the last few years and the economy remains on a generally downward spiral," he said.

Beltran said that Macapagal-Arroyo's recent policy to remain mum on the crucial political issues affecting the country reveals that she herself knows the extent of the seriousness of these same issues.

"Apparently, she thinks that by keeping silent on these matters, they will simply disappear. She is mistaken. The political crisis in the country continues to worsen and she cannot succeed in distracting the Filipino people or the international community from this with her feigned enthusiasm over the supposed improvement in the economy," he said.

Beltran said that Macapagal-Arroyo has become a president in name only as the military forces have all but taken over the reigns of government.

"It is the police and military institutions and their various spokespersons who are laying down the national government's policy on issues affecting civil, democratic and human rights in the country. Pres. Arroyo has allowed the AFP and the PNP to even usurp or dismiss the decisions of the judiciary and the Department of Interior and Local Govern ment on the case of Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo," he said.

"This is a very alarming state of things when the president of supposed civilian government that also declares itself a democracy allows its armed forces to dictate on how political issues will develop, proceed and be resolved. Pres. Arroyo has all but absolved the AFP from culpability on the extrajudicial killings; now she is letting AFP chief of staff Hermogenes espero and DND secretary Hermogenes Ebdane determine the fate of the legislators of the progressive party-lists without giving full recognizance to the superior authority of the civilian court," he said.#


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