PRESS STATEMENTS & INTERVIEWS, 2001 - Present
5 November 2001
ELECTORAL PLAN OF MACAPAGAL-ARROYO WILL BE FRUSTRATED BEFORE 2004
By Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
The coup rumors may not translate into a real coup attempt against the Macapagal-Arroyo regime soon or at any time before the end of its term in 2004.
But the coup rumors serve to underscore the failures and weaknesses of the regime. They help to undermine it and frustrate the electoral plan of Macapagal-Arroyo for the presidency in 2004.
Long before 2004, the Macapagal-Arroyo regime is already stinking in the following regard:
The coup rumors seem to benefit not only the oppositionists but also certain presidential hopefuls in the loose ruling coalition. All of these ambitious elements, including Gen. Angelo Reyes who wish to imitate Gen. Fidel Ramos’ rise to power, are capable of generating the coup rumors.
The regime’s stink can rise to a level that Macapagal-Arroyo’s rivals within her loose ruling coalition will begin to distance themselves from her within one or two years.
Aware of the real weaknesses and declining position of the
Macapagal-Arroyo regime, the NDFP is not at all bothered by the
question of whether or not the regime will continue to negotiate
with the NDFP. The conditions are excellent for the
revolutionary forces to stress the line of new-democratic
revolution through protracted people’s war. #
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