March 8, 2006
Joel G. Virador
BAYAN MUNA Party List Representative
On Gloria on International Women�s Month and delaying tactics of the Department of (in)Justice
BAYAN Muna Rep. Joel Virador shared some comments on some issues on the occasion of International Women�s Day, the illegal detention of Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran and the ongoing restriction of liberties of the "Batasan 5".
On Gloria and International Women�s Day: Your kabaro in Malaca�ang is a traitor
�It is ironic � to say the least � that we have a woman president (whose legitimacy is seriously in doubt) who is a traitor to her fellow women,� Rep. Virador said.
�Many mothers, daughters and families bear the brunt of Gloria�s anti-people edicts and policy statements concerning value added taxes, allowing oil companies to hike prices at their whim, and the continued persecution of organizations, partylists and the nation�s institutions that oppose these,� he added.
On the delaying tactics of the DO(i)J
�It is quite appalling that the Department of (in-)Justice is keeping 73 year-old Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran in illegal detention for opposing an illegitimate president. (In-)justice secretary Raul Gonzalez, like his boss in Malaca�ang, does not have compassion, truth, integrity, and fair-play in his vocabulary. He is using delaying tactics in the court proceedings so that his prosecutors can manufacture evidence to back up their charges against the Batasan 5 and Rep. Beltran. This only shows how vicious, how desperate Gloria is to silence all opposition to her highly-questionable presidency,� Virador said.
�We want Rep. Beltran to be released immediately not only because the DO(i)J has no case against him but also for health and humanitarian reasons. We should have been the �Batasan 6� in the first place if not for illegal arrest of Ka Bel,� Virador quipped.
Virador, along with fellow Bayan Muna representatives Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casi�o, Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano and Gabriela Women�s Party Rep. Liza Maza are on their eighth day in protective custody of the House of Representatives. #