Press Release
January 17, 2008

Statement of Sen. Nene Pimentel on the dropping of RP from list of democratic countries by Freedom House

Freedom house is right but not only because of extrajudicial killings. The so-called democracy that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is implementing in the country is fake also because of its opportunistic use of the rule of law and the massive corruption that denies people of what is their due in public services.

The net result of Arroyo's misuse of her state powers is to demean our country's standing as the beacon of freedom and democracy in this part of the world especially after the people power revolution in 1986. Specifically, as a nation we not longer have any moral suasion to hector democratic developments in Thailand or lecture the Myanmar rulers how to run their country democratically.

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