Why, Mar (the sudden turnaround on JPEPA)?

Like Malaya columnist Nestor Mata, we’re also asking our good senator Mar Roxas: why the strange turnaround in JPEPA? As Mata puts it:

“During the heated public hearings on the controver-sial economic and trade treaty with Japan, Sen. Mar Roxas clearly indicated his grave doubts about its feasibility and beneficial effects on the Philippines. But he now favors its ratification even though it would bring only “token benefits” to Filipinos. As he put it, they will only “draw or lose” in the event of its implementation.

Why this strange turnaround by Roxas? Why is he singing a different tune this time? And why is he even trying to convince his fellow senators to ratify a patently defective pact?”

Mata also echoes the sentiments of the Alliance:

“Has Roxas so soon forgotten the wise advice of former Senator Wigberto Tañada, his own party mate in the Liberal Party of which he (Roxas) is the president? Tañada, one of the constitutionalists who testified that the JPEPA contained numerous provisions in clear violation of the Philippine Constitution, had urged Roxas to offer a ‘win-win’ formula, and not just a ‘draw or lose’ option.”

with a VERY strong statement:

“…in the coming 2010 presidential elections, Filipinos will have another chance to choose the kind of leader that they have longed for, one who will lead the country to victory, and certainly not a presidential wannabe who can only offer a “draw or lose” in a crucial issue like the controversial JPEPA, and not a “win-win” formula that is a mark of a true and strong national leader.”

Link to Mata’s full column here.

Tañada sinalungat si Roxas sa pagsuporta sa JPEPA
FairTrade renews call for JPEPA renegotiation

Strange turnaround on JPEPA

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