Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Number two tries harder; top party-lists will not be complacent over results of recent surveys and watch out for fraud in May

Wednesday March 28, 2007

Number two tries harder; top party-lists will not be complacent over results of recent surveys and watch out for fraud in May

"Number two always tries harder."

This was the reaction of Anakpawis lawmaker and political detainee Crispin Beltran over reports that the party-list he represents as first nominee as chairman remains at the number two spot in the survey of the top party-lists. Beltran expressed elation over the report and extended his congratulations to Anakpawis' sister parties Bayan Muna and Gabriela Women's Party for taking the first and third places respectively.

"This only proves that for all of National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales and the two Hermogenes' (Ebdane and Esperon of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of National Defense) malicious attacks against us and our members, the Filipino people still continue to support us. They see through all the lies and the tactics of the AFP and the DND, and these very same dirty and underhanded tactics the Macapagal-Arroyo administration has employed against us have boomeranged against them and made our party-lists and advocacies even more popular."

"For this we thank the AFP, the DND and Sec. Norberto Gonzales."

The veteran labor leader and lawmaker said that the Macapagal-Arroyo administration should immediately cease and desist from its attacks against the progressive party-lists and their lawmakers "Unless the government is really hell-bent on making us even more popular. Our continuing strength in the surveys are also a tribute to the lives our members, supporters and leaders sacrificed. So many people have been killed in the furtherance of our case to make the politics of change and the politics of the masses reach the halls of congress and the mainstream political arena," he said.

Beltran, however, said that under no circumstances is Anakpawis or its sister parties going to sit on their laurels and become complacent.

"The surveys are one thing, but the actual elections and the results are another thing. Given how determined the Macapagal-Arroyo government is to defeat and crush our party-lists, it's not paranoia to say that we stand to be cheated by a great deal in the upcoming May elections. The Commission on Elections has ruled against calls to disqualify the bogus party-lists being exposed as fronts for the Arroyo administration and its allies, and we can't help but see this as a warning sign. We are on red alert against being victimized by massive-scale and systematic fraud in May."

"We will work assiduously to keep our members and supporters from being disenfranchised in the polls. Now more than ever there is a need to be vigilant against the Macapagal-Arroyo administration's poll fraud machinery," he concluded.#


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