Friday, June 01, 2007

Contest for 14th Congress House Speakership a charade to benefit Malacanang and protect GMA from impeachment

Friday, June 1, 2007

Contest for 14th Congress House Speakership a charade to benefit Malacanang and protect GMA from impeachment

Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran today said that it should not be allowed that a pro-Arroyo congressman become the leader of the Minority bloc in the House of Representatives. He said that the supposed contest for the House Speakerhip was mostly a charade that inevitably benefits Malacanang.

Beltran said that even as Cebu Rep. Pablo Garcia proclaims himself as the opposite of incumbent House Speaker Hose de Venecia, "The fact that they're both administration allies means that they're essentially the same. Rep. Garcia is not the sort who will be able to dislodge de Venecia from the House Speakership, and there are already widespread speculations that his (Garcia's) plans to run against JDV in the 14th Congress speakership race is nothing but a ploy for Arroyo allies to also take the leadership over the House Minority bloc," he said.

"There's no contest – so long as JDV is a congressman, he will always be House Speaker. His political allies including Malacanang have made sure of that. The issue now is the leadership of the Minority bloc; Arroyo allies are also trying to coopt it and ensure that there is no genuine opposition in the House of Representatives. Need it be said that all this is in aid of efforts to kill any and all impeachment attempts against Pres. Arroyo?"

"Pablo Garcia is the head of a clan that's been most loyal to Malacanang. His own children have been known to bend over backwards to accommodate all the wishes and demands of Malacanang," he said, referring to Garcia's daughter Cebu. Gov. Gwendoloyn and son Winston, president of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). "We don't expect any different from Rep. Garcia. He's a loyal Macapagal-Arroyo ally, and that makes him the same as de Venecia. It's like Pepsi being compared to Coke: they're both cola," he said.

The activist lawmaker said that it's imperative to strengthen the unity and collective voice of the House Minority. "It's evident that Pres. Arroyo's allies in the House will be more bullying than ever to compensate for the weakness the administration has when it comes to the Senate. Malacanang and its allies will be even more abusive of their influence in congress and fast-track more of Malacanang's priority legislative measures. All this will be for naught, however, given that the incoming Senate is no big supporter of Malacanang and will more than likely block the passage of the more infamous of the administration's priority bills," he concluded. #


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