AKBAYAN  PARTY  LIST  SNUBS  THE  PRESIDENT'S  CALL  FOR  RECONCILIATION

CEBU
, JUNE 10, 2007 (STAR) Akbayan partylist Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales said that the president’s call for reconciliation is hollow and vacuous in the face of loose ends left hanging beyond the May 2007 elections and the adjournment of the 13th Congress last Wednesday.

“Lack of accountability makes reconciliation impossible,” Rosales said.

Rosales said that it was precisely the Executive’s interference and the House leadership’s indecision and lack of political resolve that led to the dismal ending of the 13th Congress.

She cited the Marcos compensation bill, the UP Charter bill and the cheaper medicines bill as all matters of a legitimate public interest but were left unresolved.

“Their passage would have allowed for a lot of good to be done to a lot of people,” she said.

Rosales also accused the House for lack of independence and initiative that led to the demise of these three important bills.

“Akbayan pulled its weight behind these three bills, knowing their potency. But the House leadership, unable to assert its autonomy buckled down to pressure and ignored these bills,” Rosales said.

Moreover, she said that reconciliation cannot be possible in an atmosphere of fear and impunity.

“Reconciliation cannot be at the expense of all these thousands of lives already lost, without this administration answering to allegations that its armed component is behind these killings,” she said.

Rosales believed that without the necessary political reforms that this administration has also failed to implement, the elections will continue to be a mockery of our democratic aspirations and that the government must also account for this.

“So what reconciliation is Malacañang asking for? It seems reconciliation and moving on have become the standard GMA doublespeak for forgiveness and selective amnesia. This administration wants the public to forgive and forget, which the House leadership supports,” she said.

Rosales added that the effects of their failure are manifest and concrete, and exacting accountability from both the Executive and the Legislative must continue because these are issues that violate the very rights of the people and deny them a better future. — Gregg M. Rubio/BRP


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