De facto Martial Law, says Pamalakaya
CBCP asked to oppose appointment of ex-military generals to Arroyo bureaucracy
The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Monday appealed to the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to oppose the appointment of retired military and police generals to various government posts.
“The left and right appointment of ex-military and police generals to various civilian posts are enhancement of the prevailing de facto Martial Law across the Macapagal-Arroyo cabinet. The archbishops and bishops of the CBCP must rise above the occasion and deliver knock out political statement against the raging militarization of the civilian bureaucracy under the militarist gang of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.
The fisherfolk leader particularly called the attention of Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales and CBCP President Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo to address the concerns raised by lawmakers, human rights groups, anti-crime watchdogs, civil libertarians and people’s organizations on the wholesale appointment of former military and police generals to various government posts.
“Please allow us to remind archbishops and bishops of the CBCP that these generals being appointed by President Arroyo to various government posts are not officers and gentlemen but ex-military and police officers condemned by the public for their crimes against the Filipino people, including but not limited to election fraud, extra judicial killings and gross violations of human rights and civil political rights,” added Hicap.
Malacañang last week announced the appointment of former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Hermogenes Esperon Jr. as head of the Presidential Management Staff replacing Cerge Remonde who was moved to the Office of the Press Secretary. On the other hand, former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Avelino Razon was named Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. Also last week, the Palace floated the name of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan to head the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) or as member of the Dangerous Drug Board.
“Like the Filipino public, the CBCP is well informed about the crimes of these former military generals in partnership with the ruling Arroyo clique from 2001-2008. It would be unfair and unjust for everybody, especially to the victims of election fraud and political repression to resurface in the national political scene as continuing partners in crime of the President,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
The militant group said the appointment of former military and police generals to government posts was also part of the exchange deal between President Arroyo and these generals loyal to the Macapagal-Arroyo administration.
“The policy of political accommodation is very much in effect under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration with the no-surprising entry of hooligans like Esperon, Razon and possibly Palparan. The President can’t say no these generals because they share the same common dark secrets since Arroyo assumed the presidency in 2001 and cheated the presidency in 2004,” said Pamalakaya. #