22 JULY 2009

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said the Transition Council being peddled by National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales will just be a civilian-military junta in disguise as long as Mrs. Arroyo remains in power.

“As long as Mrs. Arroyo stays in the picture, all these proposals coming from Gonzales are simply attempts to coopt segments of civil society, the Church and the opposition into supporting a civilian-military junta,” he said.

Binay said Gonzales was “stretching logic” when he drew an analogy with the revolutionary government of Cory Aquino in 1986.

“The revolutionary government was established immediately after we overthrew a repressive, corrupt and illegitimate government. It was a revolutionary situation. We were throwing off the vestiges of the previous regime,” he said.

The Gonzales proposal, however, will be implemented with Mrs. Arroyo still wielding power and exerting control over the police and military leadership.

“We can never implement real changes in government and in the lives of the people under an administration that has inflicted so much suffering on the people, the same government that has been indicted for repression, corruption and abuse of power,” he said.

The Arroyo Transition Council will only serve to provide a semblance of legitimacy and a halo of righteousness to an illegitimate, corrupt and morally bankrupt regime,” he added.

Binay instead reiterated his call for Mrs. Arroyo to step down from office, and allow Chief Justice Reynato Puno full rein over government.

“We don’t care if she goes into self-exile. Any proposal for a transition or revolutionary government is worth exploring only if Mrs. Arroyo steps down from office and sincerely relinquishes power as a precondition,” he said.

Binay had said the country will never be certain that elections will push through in 2010 or that elections will be clean while Mrs. Arroyo remains in Malacanang.

“As long as Mrs. Arroyo remains in Malacanang, we will never be sure that power will be yielded voluntarily to the next president, or that elections to freely elect a new president will push through at all,” Binay said.

“Right now, I would rather have the Chief Justice leading an honest to goodness transition movement. This means that he will be recognized by the police and military and all other instrumentalities of government,” he said.

An honest-to-goodness council can oversee elections, ensure that government resources are not used to ensure the victory of Mrs. Arroyo’s candidate in 2010, and contain any attempt to declare martial law in case of a failure of election, he added.


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