The Citizens' Congress for Truth and Accountability (CCTA) today presented to the public its findings and recommendations regarding issues and concerns affecting the accountability of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, particularly charges of electoral fraud in the 2004 presidential elections, graft and corruption, and human rights violations.
According to the report:
- The President cheated her way to the Presidency in 2004. The Hello Garci tapes probe provided evidence and led to more evidence of cheating.
- The President is liable for the widespread and systematic campaign of summary executions, abductions, acts of political persecution and other human rights abuses since she assumed power in 2001. From 2001 to 2005, some 4,692 cases of human rights violations were documented by the Karapatan Human Rights Alliance involving 262,036 individuals, 28,699 families and 460 communities.
- The President violated the country's anti-graft laws, particularly in the diversion of public funds for her election campaign and it at least two transactions involving the Venable LLp. Contract and the North Rail Project.
- The President committed state repression as a blow to democracy and human rights of her opponents and critics. The Arroyo government engaged in summary executions and arrests of political dissenters, violent dispersal of rallies through the Calibrated Preemptive Response (CPR) rule, the withholding of information for Congressional investigations through Executive Order 464, a crackdown on her critics through the imposition of emergency rule under Presidential Proclamation 1017, and a Charter Change scheme intended to consolidate her political power, marginalize the opposition and sweep aside all the issues and concerns raised against her.
In summary, the CCTA's verdict is: Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo is guilty. And to capture two of the recommendations of the CCTA, I find the following slogan sticker relevant:
The PCIJ blog also has something to say about the CCTA verdict.