8 February 2001
REGIME IS ALL SET TO BECOME AS BAD AS THE
ESTRADA REGIME OR EVEN WORSE
By Jose Maria
NDFP Chief Political
There are already
strong manifestations that the Arroyo regime is all set to
become as bad as the Estrada regime or even worse.
- Estrada is not being arrested for plunder. The biggest
cronies of Marcos and Estrada, Eduardo Cojuangco and Lucio
Tan, have been openly embraced by Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo.
Shady deals are reportedly being transacted through her
husband, Mike Arroyo. The recent photograph of Lucio Tan
between Gloria and Mike Arroyo is emblematic of continuing
- Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo has surrounded herself with a
military cordon sanitaire, with General Renato de Villa in
control of the powerful office of executive secretary. The
same generals like AFP chief of staff General Angelo Reyes
who collaborated with Estrada in carrying out the all-out
war policy are working closely with her. Militarism is
becoming blatant, with Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo herself urging
military officers to reduce or eradicate the revolutionary
- The new regime, especially executive secretary General de
Villa is deaf to the pleas of human rights organizations,
churches and the people for the release of the political
prisoners. The policy of holding on to hundreds of political
prisoners is poisoning the atmosphere for a possible
resumption of the GRP-NDFP peace negotiations.
- The new regime is continuing Estrada’s repressive
policy. It has publicly announced that it is stopping the
all-out war policy and wishing the resumption of the peace
negotiations. But Oplan Makabayan is still being
- The new regime has a policy of exclusion and growing
hostility towards even the legal patriotic and progressive
forces of the workers, peasants, youth, women and
intelligentsia that made a major and decisive contribution
to the overthrow of the Estrada regime. A US-directed scheme
of psychological warfare and repression against their
leaders and organizations is at work.
- The Macapagal-Arroyo regime echoes the pro-poor
demagoguery of the fallen Estrada but in fact its policies
and actions hew to the imperialist line of "free
market" globalization and further victimize the people,
especially the workers and peasants.
I will not be surprised if within a relatively short period
of time the Macapagal Arroyo regime will stink more than the
fallen Estrada regime.