GMA will ask US nod on term extension during meet with Obama, critics predict

GMA will ask US nod on term extension during meet with Obama, critics predict

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will ask the blessings of the United States government to extend her term either through Charter Change or the imposition of Martial Law all over the country in exchange for more Washington’s aggressive and unrestricted economic, political and military intervention in the country.

“This will be GMA’s rallying point when she comes face-to-face with US President Barack Obama on their scheduled July 30 meeting in Washington D.C,” the rabid anti-Arroyo group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a press statement.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said “an undesirable political animal like President Arroyo fighting for survival and immunity will do practically anything, everything to the extent of selling her soul to the devil to keep her way from any kind of political harm in the near future.”

The Pamalakaya leader said President Arroyo will offer the approval of Charter Change that will allow US transnational corporations to acquire lands through 100 percent foreign ownership and control other vital sections of the economy like education, health, public utilities, mass media, social services and advertising in exchange for Arroyo’s term extension.

Hicap said aside from the economic provisions, the Arroyo Chacha project will also allow the US reconstruct and rebuild American military bases and permit the entry of US nuclear weapons and toxic materials in Philippine territory.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde on Sunday confirmed the schedule between the two leaders, adding that the official invitation came from White House and was relayed to Malacañang by the US Embassy in Manila.

The press secretary said US President Obama initiated the meeting, as top officials of the Arroyo administration revealed that Ms Arroyo will discuss with Obama her administration efforts to alleviate poverty, ensure good governance, as well as the Arroyo administration campaign on counter terrorism and its contributions to peace and security in Southeast Asian region.

Pamalakaya also hinted that the Arroyo meeting with Obama might also deal with the long overdue RP-US Free Trade Agreement, which the White House wants the Philippine Senate to ratify on or before the May 2010 elections.

According to Pamalakaya, the RP-US Free Trade Agreement that will allow American corporations to buy lands and control other profitable sections of the domestic economy should have been approved this July.

However, because of the derail in the passage of Chacha, the agreement has been temporarily sidelined, because it needs first the revision of nationalist economic provisions of the 1987 Charter before the Senate—the ratifying authority approves the bilateral pact. #

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