JPEPA TREATY IS JUST AS BAD AS BROADBAND SCAM AND SHOULD BE JUNKED.
by Napanice (no login)
IT'S A GOOD THING THAT THERE ARE SENATORS WHO UNLIKE MIRIAM SANTIAGO ARE LOOKING AFTER THE INTEREST OF THE PHILIPPINES. THE JAPANESE INVASION AND ATTROCITIES COMMITTED AGAINST THE FILIPINOS SHOULD BE A LASTING REMINDER THAT JAPAN IS LOOKING OUT OF ITSELF WHEN IT COMES TO TRADE NEGOTIATIONS. JPEPA WILL RESULT IN THE TARRIFF FREE DUMPING OF JAPANESE GOODS IN THE PHILIPPINE MARKET AND THIS IS A WELL CRAFTED MOVE TO CREATE A COMPETETIVE EDGE OVER NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES LIKE KOREA, TAIWAN, HONG KONG AND MOST IMPORTANTLY CHINA.
IT'S NOT GLORIA ARROYO'S JOB TO SELL OUT THE COUNTRY TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT SHE'S DOING WITH THE HELP OF HER LOYAL DOG MIRIAM SANTIAGO WHO EVEN ADMITTED THAT THE LOPSIDED PROVISIONS OF THE TREATY IS INDEFENSIBLE AGAINST ITS CRITICS.
THIS IS ONE OF THE MAJOR REASONS WHY GLORIA MACAPAGAL SHOULD BE IMPEACHED, SHE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT AND A DISGRACE TO ALL FILIPINOS WHOSE DISTRUST ON HER IS REFLECTED ON THE LATEST NATIONWIDE SURVEY.
Miriam says quiet talks on to save JPEPA
SEN. Miriam Defensor-Santiago yesterday said Malacañang and Japan are quietly revisiting the negotiating table to save the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) from being rejected by the Senate and spare the President from further embarrassment.
"We must save the treaty because there are good provisions there. We just have to make sure that it does not work to the disadvantage of our people," Santiago said.
She said the Japanese embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs continue to hold informal talks and are keeping an "open-mind" on provisions of the treaty.
Santiago said Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo and Japanese embassy officials are consulting with each other and that "talks are moving."
She said a supplemental agreement is being worked out between the two parties to address the constitutional defects of the controversial agreement.
Among the contentious provisions of the treaty is the alleged privilege given to Japan to dump toxic wastes into the Philippines in exchange for the hiring of nurses and doctors.
Santiago said that as chair of the Senate foreign relations committee she is helping out by drafting the "diplomatic language" of the side agreement.
"The most practical thing to do is to draft the diplomatic language and consult with DFA and the Japanese ambassador on whether the language is diplomatic enough that it will be considered acceptable to Japan," she said.
Santiago added: "We cannot just run the risk of campaigning just for concurrence by the Senate plenary only to have it rejected as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court."
She said saving the treaty also means saving the President from embarrassment.
Santiago initially declared strong reservations on the JPEPA for being constitutionally infirm.
The senator also berated Malacañang defenders of the trade treaty for failing to convince the senators on the benefits of the JPEPA.
Sources said Santiago was a visitor in Malacañang last Wednesday and met with President Arroyo.
Sen. Mar Roxas, trade and commerce panel chair, said the Senate is open to holding more hearings until Palace officials satisfactorily explain the benefits from the agreement.
Santiago yesterday conducted hearing Friday on the RP-Spain treaty which is expected to benefit tens of thousand of overseas Filipino workers in Spain, which hosts 50,600 Filipinos as of June 2007.
Santiago said unlike the JPEPA, the RP-Spain treaty is assured of Senate ratification,
She said she will present the treaty with Spain for floor approval on Monday.
Posted on Nov 18, 2007, 11:35 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124