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Rep. Etta in the News

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–> What they say about Rep. Etta’s speech on NPA extortion

Party-list solon condemns NPA

August 29, 2006
Updated 08:25:14 (Mla time)
Maila Ager
INQ7.net

“GANGSTERISM and hypocritical” was how a party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives described the alleged continued extortion activities conducted by the New People’s Army (NPA) on non-combatants.

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Viewpoint, Juan Mercado: 

“SILENCE has a thousand tongues,” the old saying goes. And with deafening silence is how communists try to smother Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales’ scathing denunciation of their “revolutionary taxes” as “downright gangsterism.”

The Akbayan Party representative flayed rebels for torching an AlterTrade truck after the Bacolod City company bucked a P30-million “tax.” Ex-insurgents set up AlterTrade to export muscovado (sugar) and bananas. Usually voluble rebel spokesmen buttoned up over Rosales’ charges of “extortion.”

In December 2003, the lady skewered “permit-to-campaign,” or PTC, fees. Rebels bilked these from candidates in places where they were present. This heist, Rosales asserted, “compromised political freedoms” — a point to keep in mind as the May 2007 elections approach.

Define your position on PTCs, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines asked in a pastoral statement. Reps. Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño and Liza Masa zippered their lips. So did the rebel fronts.

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“First of all, I would like to commend Rep. Etta Rosales for denouncing the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and New People’s Army (NPA) for torching a truck belonging to an export company that refused to pay P30 million in revolutionary taxes”

OLAN C.RODOLFO (via e-mail)

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All party list solons should follow Etta’s example”

– Mon Tulfo, On Target

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Inquirer editorial of September 3 “De-Serving”

“In the exercise of its newfound power, the administration, speaking through Ermita, apparently defines a “deserving member of Congress” as one who shares its view of the communist insurgency. But what happens when—and it is certainly only a matter of when, not if—Rosales again criticizes the administration Ermita represents for its lack of accountability, its continuing evasiveness? Will she—and others like her—suddenly become undeserving of the seats in Congress they won in fairly contested elections?”

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1. Isagani D. Cornelio - July 7, 2007

Glad to know that a one time friend and a classmate at U.P. High is among the few trying to level the bumpy political roads of the old country. I still recall you, Loretta, as one feisty young teen during our old days in Diliman.

Its nice to know that you are doing well in life, but never in my mind that politics would be your living arena. Best to you and more power.


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