Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Malacanang and allies may have scored a victory in securing majority seats in the Lower House, but the Senate is a different ballgame

Wednesday May 23, 2007

Malacanang and allies may have scored a victory in securing majority seats in the Lower House, but the Senate is a different ballgame

Detained lawmaker Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that Malacanang and its allies may believe that they have scored a major victory in the May 14, 2007 polls by securing majority seats in the House of Representatives, "But the senate is an altogether different ballgame. Pres. Arroyo's economic and political legislative agenda will not have a very easy time getting approved by the Senate; chances are, the next few years will witness Malacanang's legislative agenda swinging in limbo, and it's plans to revive for the nth time its campaign to amend the 1987 Constitution thwarted yet again."

Beltran said that the Commission on Elections must not make any immediate declaration of the winners of the senatorial race given the shocking number of reported incidents of fraud. He said that the votes won by Genuine Opposition candidates Aquilino Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes and Alan Peter Cayetano continue to be victimized by the government's dagdag-bawas scheme. He said that the Comelec must first investigate all the major reports of fraud, and settle the issue concerning Alan Peter's votes versus those of the Malacanang pakawala Cayetano.

"The May 2007 polls is a very close runner up to the May 2004 elections when it comes to fraud. Pres. Arroyo has secured another dubious record: her government has facilitated two of the dirtiest elections in Philippine history," he said.

The veteran labor leader turned lawmaker said that there will be more political instability up ahead for the Macapagal-Arroyo administration. "Given how Malacanang has pulled off another electoral fraud caper, there'll be even more reasons to call for the president's impeachment, and for more street protests demanding her resignation and ouster," he said. "Pres. Arroyo and her allies are the ones destabilizing the government with their corrupt administration and their worsening attacks against civil liberties and democratic rights. The next few months following the conclusion of this latest electoral exercise fraught with fraud will be politically intense."

"The Opposition and the legal and democratic mass movement including the progressive party-lists will make sure that there is no rest for Pres. Arroyo. The massive fraud that's now being perpetrated in the polls will be accounted for, and those responsible for it will be exposed. Pres. Arroyo herself should not be allowed to escape accountability because it's her political survival that's at the crux of the fraud campaign her government perpetrated with the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines."

Beltran said that despite the attacks against the votes of the progressive party-lists, there is already no denying that the public remains supportive of the said party-lists led by Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela Women's Party. "The sum of all the votes won by our party-lists is already a staggering number, including those of Kabataan Party and Suara Bangsa Moro. In and out of congress and the legislative arena, our party-lists will continue to expose the anti-people, anti-national policies of the Macapagal-Arroyo government. Nothing has changed; our mandate is unaltered even if the Arroyo government succeeds in denying us all our rightfully-won seats in Congress. There will be no rest in the fight against the illegitimate presidency. Pres. Arroyo has long ago lost the battle for the hearts and minds of the Filipino people -- she remains president solely because of the backing of the Armed Forces of the Philippines."#


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