“The persecution of critics is a crisis management strategy of the Arroyo government. That fabricated cases of murder, kidnapping and rebellion are being revived against progressive partylist representatives in the midst of a worsening rice crisis, unemployment and urgent demands for wage hikes and price controls, show this governments determination to eliminate dissenting voices and legitimate protests. The timing is impeccable.”

This was the statement issued today by Gabriela Women’s Party Representative Liza Largoza Maza as she joined Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino, Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano and legal counsel Romeo Capulong in a press conference to refuting the recent cases of murder and kidnapping filed against them in Nueva Ecija.

“These are the same cases which were used against the disqualification case filed against us in the Commission on Elections. These are no different from the cases which have all been dismissed by the Supreme Court for lack of evidence. Why resurrect them?” said the Gabriela solon who just arrived from the Inter Parliamentary Union to give the international body an update on the case of the Batasan 6.

“International condemnation has not kept the Arroyo government from making political persecution, extra judicial killings and abductions as a policy. This is a clear betrayal of this government’s growing insecurity as the crisis worsens and public unrest brews.”


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