March 21, 2006
Defensor is out of line – Virador
BAYAN Muna representative Joel Virador today slammed one of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s pet talking heads over his defense of the illegitimate president.
“Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor is clearly out of line in his defense of Mrs. Arroyo. We did not declare that her meetings with progressive groups and even active military generals were illegal nor were these for a violent overthrow of former president Joseph Estrada. We are wondering how this administration has attained the logic that the Batasan 6 and other individuals ever committed rebellion for calling for the ouster of Gloria,” Virador said.
Defensor also challenged the party-list representatives to denounce the communist New People's Army, which was identified as being part of an alleged conspiracy in a foiled attempt to topple the Arroyo administration last February 24.
“Defensor is using the communist bogey on us. He must not insult his own intelligence by believing that we can be legally and honestly be pinned down by manufactured witnesses and wild imaginations of the administration,” Virador said.
The militant solon also gave Defensor some advice: “follow your conscience if you still have any of it and make the decision former Solicitor General Alfredo Benipayo took. Stop defending an illegitimate president and resign,” Virador said.