15 February 2010

GMA's Colorful Achievements

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term will end in June 2010, but this early many felt that she could have done more in her 9 years in office to improve the economy and promote social justice in the country.

There were ads that came out lately pointing out that while the gross domestic product averaged 3.3 percent during Corazon Aquino's watch, 3.6 under Fidel Ramos, and 4.7 in the short-lived Joseph Estrada rule, it was 4.86 in 2001-2008 Arroyo years. Jobs generated totaled 14.2 million.

Average inflation rate was 5.37 percent, the lowest since 1966. Gross international reserves hit US$ 45.03 billion in December 2009 against US$ 15.06 billion at the close of 2000. Foreign debt in relation to GDP was 33.85 percent as of September 2009 compared with 67.46 percent in 2000. Credit ratings by Moody's and Standard and Poor's were both stable.

Her avid supporters even presented many general statements, such as improved economic foundations, but in reality these cannot be solely attributed to the President herself. Some will even argue that the President pursued the cases against her staunchest ally when they committed brutal crimes, but it should be carefully noted that these actions only came after intense public pressure.

To get a glimpse of how the President performed in her last nine years in office, it may be more appropriate to quote the entries of the impeachment complaint that was filed against her in accordance with Art. XI section 2 and 3 of the Constitution.

The complaints main causes of actions are:
  1. NBN-ZTE

    Respondent committed betrayal of public trust and bribery when she (i) abetted and/or tolerated the commission of a crime in regard to the anomalous “ZTE national broadband contract", (ii) knowingly and willfully obstructed, impeded or delayed the apprehension of suspects and the investigation of criminal cases arising from the same, and (iii) participating and giving support to or approving the NBN-ZTE broadband contract despite her knowledge that the same is tainted with graft and corruption.
  2. HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

    Respondent committed culpable violations of the constitution, betrayal of public trust and other high crimes by explicitly and implicitly conspiring, directing, abetting, and tolerating with impunity as a state policy, extrajudicial executions, involuntary disappearances, torture, massacre, illegal arrest and arbitrary detention, forced dislocation of communities and other gross and systematic violations of civil and political rights and engaging in a systematic campaign to cover-up or whitewash these crimes by suppressing and obliterating the evidence, blaming the victims, terrorizing, intimidating and physically attacking witnesses, their relatives, lawyers and supporters, and human rights workers.
  3. NORTHRAIL

    Respondent committed culpable violation of the constitution by entering into the Northrail project without the requisite approval of the monetary board and without giving preference to Filipino labor and investment.

    Respondent, by approving the overpriced Northrail project, violated section 3 (g) of RA 3019.
  4. THE MT. DIWALWAL PROJECT

    Respondent betrayed the public trust by selling the country’s gold reserves in mt. Diwalwal to the already controversial ZTE corporation under the terms of an agreement that are grossly disadvantageous to the country's interests.
  5. FERTILIZER SCAM CONSTITUTIVE OF GRAFT AND CORRUPTION

    Respondent committed graft and corruption, by profiting from the fertilizer scam, violated section 3 (b) of RA 3019.
  6. BRIBERY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

    Respondent committed bribery when she authorized the distribution of bribe money to members of congress in exchange for the hasty referral of the Pulido impeachment complaint to prevent the filing of genuine impeachment complaint.
  7. ELECTORAL FRAUD IN 2004 CONSITUTIVE OF BETRAYAL OF PUBLIC TRUST AND GRAFT AND CORRUPTION

    Respondent betrayed public trust by tampering with the results of the 2004 elections.

    Respondent committed graft and corruption, through her involvement in the “hello garci" scandal, violated section 3 (a) of RA 3019.