Monday, June 11, 2007

Ka Bel shows his lighter side, pokes fun at his detractors as he guests on Tutoo TV show airing 7pm airing tonight at ABC 5

Monday, June 11, 2007

Ka Bel shows his lighter side, pokes fun at his detractors as he guests on Tutoo TV show airing 7pm airing tonight at ABC 5

Detained lawmaker Anakapawis Rep. Crispin Beltran shows his funny, irreverent and less serious side as he is interviewed with the dynamic duo of character comics Ariel and Maverick in their show 'Tutoo TV' tonight at 7PM, over at ABC Channel 5. Ka Bel pokes fun at Malacanang, the Department of Justice, and insists that one needs a sense of humor to resist going crazy over the lies of the government about the economy, the political situation, and the country's prospects for over-all recovery.

"This was the first time that I was subjected to over an hour of the silliest questions, but with serious undertones," he said. "Minsan talaga, matatawa ka na lang sa mga kaguluhan sa bansa at sa mga sinasabi ng gobyerno para belwalain ang kaguluhan. It helps to have a sense of humor to survive in this country. Speaking from personal experience, if I didn't have a sense of humor, I would have extreme difficulty surviving this injustice I continue to be experience. Fifteen months later and after the Supreme Court's declaration that I am innocent of the charges of rebellion, I'm still detained," he said.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) also recently released a statement expressing alarm over the solon's continuing detention. "The IPU has expressed deep concern at the charges held against him and has called for his release. Following a mission of the IPU and its Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to Manila in April this year, the Government stated publicly that it would no longer oppose Mr. Beltran's release," the statement read.

Ariel and Maverick breezily made their way into the Philippine Heart Center and taped their interview with the detained lawmaker despite the nearby presence of members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). They ambushed Rep. Beltran after the latter exited the bathroom.

Besides asking Rep. Beltran the 'serious journalistic questions' of how Ka Bel is able to ward off the 'hordes of female doctors and nurses' who are supposedly desperate to 'get to know him,' and whether or not Ka Bel ever visits the 'Pegasus Club in Quezon Avenue where they hear many other congressmen conduct their midnight sessions,' Ariel and Maverick inquired into Rep. Beltran's medical bills and how he feels about his 15-months and counting incarceration.

The interview continued well into the afternoon as Rep. Beltran left his detention hospital room to proceed to the House of Representatives session hall where Ariel and Maverick also interviewed Beltran's colleagues, members of the security staff, and his doctor from the PHC. Afterwards they all went to visit Rep. Beltran's office at the 6th floor South Wing of the Batasan Complex. It was the first time that Beltran was able to set foot into his own congressional office since he was arrested in rebellion charges on February 25, 2006. There Ariel and Maverick asked him questions about how he spent his childhood, his early adulthood, and how he became involved in the labor movement and how he eventually became a congressman and consequently a political detainee under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration.

"The Macapagal-Arroyo government's stance on civil and human rights is hypocritical. Pres. Arroyo herself even had the gall to lie to the Pope on her recent trip to Rome, telling the pontiff that her government is doing it's best to put an end to the extrajudicial killings. Swerte niya at hindi siya tinamaan ng kidlat sa kanyang lantarang pagsisinungaling," he said.

To relax and unwind after the entire afternoon's grueling session of questions and answers, Rep. Beltran, Ariel and Maverick donned boxing gloves. The veteran labor leader gave an impromptu boxing lesson, and, when asked, demonstrated what punches he would deliver if placed in a boxing ring with Department of Justice Raul Gonzalez and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales.

Ariel and Maverick also achieved to convince Rep. Beltran to do something unprecedented: sing in public. Ka Bel sang at least six lines of 'Sumulong Ka, Anakpawis.'

As of this writing, Rep. Beltran and his lawyers led by Atty. Romeo Capulong are waiting for the Supreme Court's response to their petition calling on the High Court to make its decision junking the rebellion charges against the Batasan 6 final and executory.

Beltran's daughter Ofelia Beltran-Balleta said that their family is only waiting for the SC to finalize the decision and order the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 150 to release Rep. Beltran before they file the charges against the DOJ et al for malicious prosecution and consequent damages. #


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