Tuesday, June 12, 2007

No one is biting GMA's calls for peace, reconciliation or economic freedom as HR situation worsens, charges of corruption remain unresolved

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

No one is biting GMA's calls for peace, reconciliation or economic freedom as HR situation worsens, charges of corruption remain unresolved

Detained Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran today said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's continued prayers for peace and reconciliation in the country for hypocritical considering that she continues to allow the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to conduct its campaign of extrajudicial killings and abductions against political activists, human rights workers and journalists. He also said that the economic freedom that she is aiming is for is merely an illusion "Because her government is determined to impose full economic liberalization and privatization, which ensure that the country remains a slave to foreign business and their finance agencies."

Beltran said that no one is responding positively to Pres. Arroyo's calls for reconciliation because it was not clear what the opposing political forces in the country are being asked to reconcile over.

"The country is certainly not moving forward despite the assertions of the president. The massive number of unresolved corruption scandals and political controversies involving the presidency have not been resolved. The economy is far from being self-reliant and continues to depend on foreign investments, loans and OFW remittances instead of strong industries and self-sustaining manufacturing."

"Pres. Arroyo cannot be that naïve to believe that by extending an olive branch of peace, there will be actual peace. None of the charges of corruption, political repression and human rights violations leveled against her government have been directly and concretely addressed, and Pres. Arroyo herself has done nothing but lie to the international community that she is doing something in response to these issues."

"He allies in the House of Representative led by Jose de Venecia are still hell-bent on amending the country's charter despite the overwhelming tide of public opinion against it. Pres. Arroyo, by her silence on this divisive matter, has been essentially supportive of charter change because it buys more time for her and her unpopular governance," he said.

Beltran also said that since GMA and JDV and their allies insist on calling for charter change, so will the broad alliance of anti-Arroyo and anti-charter changes forces be determined to fight the scheme tooth and nail.

In the meantime, Beltran said that contrary to Pres. Arroyo's hopes, the 14th Congress will be an even greater battleground as various anti-Arroyo forces, progressive and cause oriented groups gear for coordinated campaigns to call for the repeal of the Human Security Act (HSA) or the anti-terrorism law which, Beltran said, gives the government the legal ground to perpetrate even more civil and human rights abuses against its critics and political opponents.

"The AFP and its mercenary groups, the National Security Council and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are straining at the leash wield the HSA as a lethal weapon to curb righteous political dissent. With only a month to go before the HSA takes effect, civil libertarians, human rights advocates and defenders of press freedom are already gearing for coordinated efforts to stop the HSA on its tracks and have the Supreme Court declare it void," he said,. #


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