PGMA appeals to Myanmar to reconsider its conviction on Aung San Suu Kyi

August 12, 2009 8:25 am 

MANILA, Aug. 12 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appealed on Wednesday to the Myanmar military regime to reconsider its conviction of Nobel Laureate and democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, in his weekly media briefing in the New Executive Building in Malacanang, said that President Arroyo is hoping that Myanmar would change its decision on Suu Kyi, who was found guilty on Tuesday of violating her house arrest by allowing an uninvited American to stay at her home.

Suu Kyi's confinement was extended by 18 months.

The democracy leader has already spent 14 years of the past 20 years under house arrest.

Reports said the Myanmar military regime erected a new barbed-wire fence at the lakeside entrance of Suu Kyi’s home.

Secretary Ermita said President Arroyo has been very vocal in her support for Suu Kyi and on the restoration of democracy in Myanmar in formal Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) fora.

”This is a very, very highly sensitive issue taken up in ASEAN…, and since we are a democracy, President Arroyo espouses full democracy to happen in Myanmar,” Ermita added.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said Suu Kyi’s conviction places doubt in the commitment of the Myanmar government to hold free, fair, participatory, transparent and credible elections in 2010.

Romulo also said that the conviction was also a step backward, and has sidetracked Myanmar’s efforts to carry out its own roadmap for democracy — its avowed program of releasing political detainees, including the National League for Democracy, and allowing its unconditional participation in free election. (PNA)

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