Thursday, May 24, 2007

Gov. Evardone should turn to Malacanang if he wants to see who the real economic destabilizers are – Beltran

Thursday May 24, 2007

Gov. Evardone should turn to Malacanang if he wants to see who the real economic destabilizers are – Beltran

Detained lawmaker Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran today scoffed at Team Unity media bureau chief Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone for the latter's accusation that the progressive party-lists led by Bayan Muna are conductive a media offensive to discredit the polls.

"Neither our party-lists nor any other organization need to come up with a grandiose media plan to expose the massive fraud that's taking place. Most Filipinos are already critical of the polls to begin with; and many remain distrustful of the Commission on Elections because of its dismal failure to ensure the credibility of the previous 2004 presidential elections," he said.

"We would have been the first to laud the Comelec and hail the electoral process if we saw that the exercise was conducted efficiently and inoculated against fraud. After all, our party-lists are engaged in the electoral battle, and for months we have been campaigning for clean, honest, fraud-free and violence-free elections. Aspirations and hopes aside, however, stark reality remains: under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration, elections can never be fraud free. It has set a precedent when the executive herself was exposed as exerting influence over a top Comelec official in 2004," he said.

"As for the charges that we are destabilizing the economy, Gov. Evardone should turn to Malacanang and heap the blame on its economic experts and their policies. None of the demands of consumers, workers, and other toiling sectors for economic relief have been addressed, and despite the continues barrage of declarations from the Palace that the economy is on an upswing, ordinary Filipinos experience no improvement in their work and living conditions," he said.

"So what if the peso is now stronger versus the dollar? Most Filipinos don't have dollars to exchange; they don't even have enough pesos to keep their families afloat. The peso-dollar exchange value has never been an indication of progress in the Philippines. For Filipinos, the peso's value just keeps shrinking and shrinking as inflation is always on the rise, and the utility firms are always jacking their rates. Employment is as insecure as ever for most Filipinos as the number of the underemployed and unemployed outrace the number of jobs the government is supposedly creating every year," he added.

He also said that foreign investors have also become wary of the deteriorating peace and order situation in the country, as well as the worsening atmosphere of political repression.

Beltran said that it's already a given the House of Representatives will again be Malacanang's right hand man in imposing more anti-poor and anti-national laws on the Filipino people.

"The legislative agenda of Malacanang is one that exacerbates the already serious poverty suffered by majority of Filipinos while at the same time it showers local big business and their international partners with perks and benefits. The economic program of the government is what's devastating the economy; the progressive party-lists have done nothing but issue warnings against it, and exposing its anti-poor character, " he concluded.#


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