Either a lie from the very beginning or plain political vendetta

May 23, 2006 at 1:38 pm 1 comment

There are two theories why the government ungraciously rejected the recommendations of the Rapu-Rapu fact-finding team, which the President herself created after a dialogue with the leadership of the Catholic Church: first, it was a clear case of panggo-gloria, and the President said she is willing to have the Mining Act reviewed simply to appease the Church, which has uncharacteristically been silent on the clamor for the President’s resignation. The second theory is that this is a case of political vendetta – the Church spoke against the so-called people’s initiative, thus contributing to its failure and unpopularity.

Whatever the reason, the commission did not overstep its bounds when it presented its recommendations. In fact, Speaker Jose de Venecia himself pushed for the mining law’s amendments. AKBAYAN Representatives in Congress have agreed that we will get the recommendations of the fact-finding commission to help craft an alternative mining law.

Here is our press release on mining panel’s recommendations:

AKBAYAN Solon says mining fact finding panel did not overstep its bounds, accuses Malacanang of political vendetta

AKBAYAN Rep. Risa Hontiveros today said that the government-created fact finding panel on mining did not overstep its bounds, accusing of Malacañang of political vendetta and childish double-talks. “How can a recommendation to review the Mining Act an abuse of discretion when Speaker De Venecia himself committed the House of Representatives to integrate the recommendations of the panel, in particular the review and amendment of the Mining Act?” Rep. Hontiveros asked.

She added that Malacañang either lied to the leaders of the Catholic Church when it committed to consider its anti-mining position or it is punishing the Catholic Church for its opposition to charter change. A meeting between the leaders of the Catholic Church, President GMA and Speaker De Venecia two months ago resulted in the creation of the Rapu-Rapu Fact-finding Commission headed by Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes.

“Malacañang’s turn around is not surprising. The sitting President already did this before when she promised that she would not run for President. It simply tells us that we should be forever wary of the commitments and promises made by this government,” Rep. Hontiveros added.

Ngayon naman, simbahan ang na-gloria,” Rep. Hontiveros said.

The solon said that despite Malacañang’s pronouncements, AKBAYAN Representatives shall raise the Rapu-Rapu Fact-finding Commission’s recommendations in Congress. “As far as we are concerned, Congress still should act as an independent institution. We will exact accountability from Speaker De Venecia, who already committed himself to amend the Mining Act,” Rep. Hontiveros said.

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Entry filed under: AKBAYAN in Congress, Environment, Press Releases.

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