Tuesday, February 12, 2008

ZTE Controversy

The confession made by Jun Lozada before the Senate may save people from being hostage to scandalous and shady government deals. Here's a statement from AKBAYAN exhorting former NEDA Secretary Romulo Neri to speak out the truth on the questionable national broadband network deal under the Arroyo regime.

AKBAYAN to Neri: Do a Lozada and tell all

Saying that it's never to late to tell the truth, AKBAYAN Party today urged former NEDA Secretary Romulo Neri to do a Lozada and divulge the entire truth behind the onerous NBN deal.

"This is no longer about respecting privilege information between the President and her cabinet members. This is already about heeding one's conscience and standing up for truth," AKBAYAN Rep. Risa Hontiveros said. "One does not need a Supreme Court ruling to have the courage to stand up for what is right. Lozada has shown what integrity and honor really mean, and we hope that Neri would follow suit."
She added that Lozada's bravery should inspire Neri to tell all. "The truth trumps executive privilege. By revealing the truth about the involvement of FG Mike Arroyo and the President herself in the NBN deal, Neri would be remembered as the man who bravely stood against a government of thieves," she added.

The group warned Neri against being too comfortable with the people he keeps. "Taking part in a deceitful act is tenuous. The Arroyo family must be aware by now that fraud begets fraud, and lying in the end becomes burdensome. It does not go away and one cannot run away from the troubles that each act of fraud spawns. But it is not yet late for Sec. Neri to put an end to this web of lies and lay down every detail that he knows about the NBN deal," Hontiveros said.

The group held a picket outside the Senate to call on the nation to stop corruption once and for all. Carrying images of Sec. Neri, then COMELEC Chair Ben Abalos, and PNP Chief Razon with elongated nose, AKBAYAN said that Neri would be part of the Pinocchio Hall of Shame if he continues to refuse to speak on the deal.

"To lie in order to protect another liar is the basest form of fraud. It is not only a question of morality, but an act of degradation and submission. His refusal to speak dehumanizes him," AKBAYAN said.

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