2010 presidential wannabes dared: Put GMA on trial or forget bid
The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakayta) on Wednesday put to task all candidates in the 2010 presidential elections to put President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on trial over grave human rights violations, election fraud and high crimes of corruption, saying the new presidency next year is politically, legally and morally obliged to pursue the trial of the 21st century.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said all presidential candidates in the 2010 presidential polls should expect this knockout question once they submit themselves to the electoral populace during next year’s campaign trail.
“This is the ultimate killer question which the electorate will throw to all presidential wannabes whether they are from the pro-administration bloc or from the opposition side. The people who will decide the fate of these presidential candidates will not take no for an answer. If they will not respond on the affirmative note, the presidential bets should better forget their bid and just say goodbye to their 2010 stint,” said Hicap.
The Pamalakaya leader said so far it was only Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio who took the challenged and replied to the public query about the presidential candidates official political standing on the proposed trial of President Arroyo on charges of extrajudicial killings, election fraud and big time crimes of corruption.
“We are still waiting for the official response of other 2010 presidential contenders. Although the 2010 elections is still a year away, it would be better for the aspirants to state their official standing on the people’s outcry calling for the eventual trial of President Arroyo after the commencement of the 2010 presidential polls,” added Hicap.
Pamalakaya said it would formally submit a letter of inquiry to all presidential candidates including but not limited to Vice-President Noli de Castro, Senator Manuel Villar, Senator Francis Escudero, Senator Loren Legarda and Senator Mar Roxas, asking these 2010 presidential aspirants to state their case on the proposed trial of Arroyo.
“The presidential candidates in 2010 cannot evade this political bombshell from the people. It would be the ultimate killer question, and their response would decide whether they deserve to get the top elective post in 2010,” the group said.
Pamalakaya likewise asked all the 2010 presidential candidates to express their respective views on the alleged plan of Mrs. Arroyo to represent her district in Pampanga in 2010 to get away with the scores of criminal and civil charges expected to be filed against her after the 2010 elections.
“How these presidential candidates are going to react on this? This is another 64- American dollar question they can’t evade,” the group said.
The militant group recalled that on July 19, 2007, President Arroyo made a public announcement of her possible future plans, and one of them is to seek a congressional seat in congress in 2010, which Pamalakaya said was an option to keep her immunity from suit.
Pamalakaya told presidential candidates that during the Luzon Urban Beltway Infrastructure Conference held in Malacañang, President Arroyo told participants that she was not prepared to retire from politics even after her term ends in 2010 and she might seek a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010.
Hicap said during the conference, President was quoted as saying,” Who knows, I may run for Congress in my hometown.” The Pamalakaya leader also said in that conference the Chief Executive also made clear on the controversial proposal on Charter Change, saying the revision of the 1987 Constitution will remain a platform commitment of her administration. #