THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE MUST GO! Dec 6, ’09 2:01 AM
STATEMENT OF CONCERNED UP STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF ON THE OCCASION OF GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO’S INAUGURATION OF THE GEORGE TY-TOYOTA BUILDING OF THE ASIAN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN
December 2, 2009
An inaugural event is a promise of a new beginning. But new and hopeful beginnings emerge with endings marked by decisive ruptures. It is no accident of circumstance nor history that President Gloria-Macapagal Arroyo is tasked the important job to deliver an inaugural speech to commence a series of important events to take place at the George Ty-Toyota building, yet the newest edifice in the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center.
This is the President who cheated her way to the 2004 elections and who betrayed the trust of the filipino people through a shameless phone call to then COMELEC Commissioner Garci, an act characteristic of the most reckless hustlers and gangsters.
Macapagal-Arroyo’s corrupt ways include, among countless others, her penchant for fine dining in the most expensive restaurants in New York City, her shady dealings with profiteering government officials and big business people as in the NBN-ZTE deal; and her monstrosity towards whistle blowers who can no longer stomach the rapaciousness of this regime.
This is the president who has made it difficult for Filipino youth to gain access to education through policies that commercialize education, turning a basic right to a costly commodity. She who has consistently chosen to fund guns over books has consequently imposed scandalous and miserable conditions on the noble profession of teaching.
Macapagal-Arroyo has presided over a regime that has committed human rights violations which include more than 50 summary executions all over the Philippines, the worst and most recent being the Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao that killed more than 64 people. Her close ties to the Ampatuan warlord clan is proven not only by political affiliation but even more so by the use of people’s taxes to fund a massacre perpetrated by elements from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army and armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs).
This is the President who has never heeded our call for justice for more than a thousand victims of extra-judicial killings. Families and friends of more than two hundred desaparicidos are still searching for their loved ones. Our very own Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan were forced to disappear in June 2006. Since then, we have only learned of the brutal torture inflicted by military elements on these two brave and young women activists. Macapagal-Arroyo has committed all these crimes under the legal framework of this government’s internal security program called Oplan Bantay Laya I and II.
As an academic community, we have demanded for her to step down through our collective call “GMA MUST GO!” We have, time and again, participated in mass protests that have turned every street to a site of transformation through our resolute strides and clenched fists. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s undeniable interest to continue to remain in power after the 2010 elections is a possibility made more real by her announcement that she is going to run as a representative in Pamapnga. This shameless and arrogant intent to cling to power must be countered by our collective demand to end impunity and for justice to prevail now.
That the president herself is here in our University for an inaugural affords no alarm and no surprises. On account of our legacy and history as the UNIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE, we shall give Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the welcome that she deserves. Our vow to SERVE THE PEOPLE bids us to shake the ground beneath her feet: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo—ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE—must go, now!
Join the protest action of the Iskolar ng Bayan, assembly at 10 am by the College of Law parking lot across the Asian Center.
End Impunity, Justice Now!
GMA MUST GO!
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in posted Dec 9th 2009