Press Release
March 4, 2008


As the people's call for truth and accountability rings all over the country, Senator Mar Roxas said that it is now up to the Supreme Court to pull the government and the country out of the political stalemate ensuing out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) deal.

"The government--the most potent force to bring change to the lives of people--is locked in a stasis. The three branches of government are now caught in the mess that is the ZTE broadband deal," he said.

"Sinimulan ito ng ehekutibo, na ngayo'y itinatago ang dumi sa ilalim ng kama. Ang lehislatura, sa pamamagitan ng Senado, inuungkat ang katotohanan. Ngayon, ang Korte Suprema ay kinakailangang magdesisyon para ituwid ang sitwasyon at ibalik sa ayos ang pamahalaan at ang bansa," he stressed.

He continues to be optimistic that the Supreme Court will decide in favor of the truth and accountability. Roxas, with his co-chairmen in the Senate's investigation into the NBN, has sought the court to nullify the erroneous invocation of executive privilege by former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri.

"After hearing all the oral arguments, we hope that the Supreme Court will lift the status quo ante order, which will then lead to Secretary Neri's appearance before the Senate. Kung ano ang sabihin ng Korte Suprema, iyon ay batas," he said.

"Secretary Neri can always bank on the Senate's assistance for his security once he is compelled to testify," he added.

The co-chairman of the Joint Senate Committees investigating the NBN scandal, said that the administration's preoccupation to stonewall the truth has also put the economy and the general welfare at risk.

"The Cabinet is also too preoccupied with managing the Palace stonewall that they have then failed to look after the people's needs. They have also led economic activity to lean on the side of caution," he said, noting that bankers are now demanding higher interest rates for treasury bills.

"Ang presyo ng langis, patuloy pang tumataas, pero walang nagagawa ang pamahalaan para pigilan ito. Itinaas pa ang taripa sa krudo! Gayun din ang presyo ng mga bilihin, tulad ng pan de sal, na inanunsyo nang tataas ang presyo," he added.

Roxas renewed his call to the President to "save the Republic" by telling the truth; revoking Executive Order 464 and ordering all her officials to attend the Senate hearings and submit all documents on the ZTE-NBN deal; and replacing the Ombudsman with a person of credibility and independence.

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