Militants accused Arroyos of building political dynasty inside Congress
Palparan, part of the extended Arroyo political dynasty— groups
Organizers of the 54-day Rural People’s Camp-Out for Genuine Agrarian Reform led by the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) on Tuesday accused President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of building a political dynasty inside the House of Representatives with newly proclaimed Jovito Palparan, Bantay party list group Rep. as part of the extended family.
In their joint statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap and KMP spokesperson Antonio Flores said with the entry of Kasangga party list lawmaker Ma. Lourdes Arroyo, younger sister of First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo, the Arroyo political dynasty composed of Ms. Arroyo, presidential sons Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel Arroyo and Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, and her brother in-law, Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo is now in placed.
“This is the case of Arroyo political dynasty plus plus with the entry of Bantay party list Rep. Jovito Palparan and other Palace-backed and Palace friendly party list lawmakers in the House of Representatives,” both leaders said.
Pamalakaya’s Hicap said President Arroyo and the four Arroyo lawmakers in the House of Representatives violated the 1987 Constitution that rejects political dynasty as a practice of governance. The Pamalakaya leader cited Article 2, Section 26 of the 1987 Constitution that compels the state to prohibit political dynasties in the country.
“The same section (Article 2, Section 26) in the constitution gives an explanation why there should be an end to political dynasties, so that there would be “equal access to opportunities for public service. The President and the four other Arroyos in Congress are guilty of violating the country’s fundamental law,” added Hicap.
“In fact, the politically correct term in describing the Arroyos striking and powerful presence in the House of Representatives is political syndicate or political gang, where the four will serve as the core of the pro-GMA dominated congress, and they would be ably supported by the likes Palparan who is unofficial member of the Arroyo political mafia inside Congress,” the Pamalakaya leader said.
Flores of KMP is set to join other militant party list lawmakers in filing the disqualification case against Palparan before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET). An advisory released by Bayan Muna, Gabriela, and Anakpawis announced that the groups will lead in the filing of the disqualification case before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) today at 10:30 a.m.
“The Lower Chamber of Congress is supposed to be the house of the representatives of the people. How come a criminal on the loose like Palparan is here and using the podium of the House to attack militant groups and other critics of the bankrupt, criminal and corrupt regime of President Arroyo? It will be the grandmother of all tragedy to allow The Butcher of Mindoro, Central Luzon and Eastern Visayas to exploit the House and perform his role to the hilt as attack dog of Malacañang and the military establishment” Flores said. #