PATTERN OF USING VIOLENCE AS DIVERSION TO THE POLITICAL SITUATION UNDER THE ARROYO REGIME NOW EVIDENT

We reiterate our condemnation of the bombing of the House of Representatives Tuesday night. We extend our sympathies to the victims of this brazen and cowardly attack against the House of Representatives and the Filipino people.

The latest attack on the House of Representatives leads us to conclude that there is an undeniable pattern of acts of violence occurring at the most conspicuous political timing. That this recent tragedy, no different from the Glorietta blast is once more, a diversionary tactic, is highly probable.

We must not forget that the still unresolved Glorietta tragedy shocked the nation during the height of public condemnation for the ZTE scandal and the snowballing calls for Mrs. Arroyo’s resignation. The Congress blast now comes at the eve of the Senate investigation of the Malacanang breakfast bribery and the Committee on Justice’ dismissal of the impeachment complaint against Mrs. Arroyo.

We are calling for an impartial and thorough investigation on the Congress blast, considering angles beyond that of political vendetta towards Rep. Wahab Akbar. That the bombing occurred at the House of Representatives indicates that it is meant not just to harm or kill but to deliver a strong political statement.

We must not discount the fact that among those injured is an endorser of the genuine impeachment complaint, Gabriela Representative Luz Ilagan. Gabriela Women’s Party shall fully cooperate and actively participate in any independent probe on this tragedy.

We reiterate our calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and for the public to remain vigilant. Let this not justify any move by the Arroyo administration to impose measures to curtail our rights and liberty such as the declaration of a State of Emergency. Let us not allow these patterns of violence to divert us from our continuing demand for truth, public accountability and respect for human rights. #

For Reference:

REP. LIZA LARGOZA MAZA 0920-9134540; REP. LUZVIMINDA C. ILAGAN 0920-9213221

Cristina Palabay (Secretary General) 0917-5003879; Jang Monte (Public Information Officer) 0915-6463009

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