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05 September 2005

Please Impeach GMA

Impeach a President who does not know what HONOR and DIGNITY means. We must regain our lost honor.

Statement of Unity
Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan

We come from all walks of life, from different political, cultural, and economic persuasions, different points of view. But in diversity, we find a cause for unity. That cause for unity is our common objective to secure the truth.

We all seek the truth. We want the truth to come out. And yet every means for seeking the truth has been frustrated; every avenue for arriving at the truth has been blocked; and every opportunity to find the truth is being closed.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s response to our call for the truth has been to suppress evidence, hide her accomplices, engage in a grand cover-up, sow fear, foment distrust and use every instrument at her disposal to encourage division among our people.

We will not be divided in these critical times.

We say with one voice, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo must go. For the good of the country, she must go. For the sake of our nation’s future, she must go. For the preservation of hope as a motive force in our national life, she must go.

We are united by the belief that this crisis must be resolved in a manner that is peaceful and democratic. Without the truth, there cannot be peace; without the truth, there is no genuine democracy. The truth must set our nation free.

Unite for the truth. Demand the truth. Defend the truth.

Kami ay ang Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan.

AKBAYAN Citizen’s Action Party
Ateneo Concerned Faculty and Youth
Bangon, Pilipinas
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)
Be Not Afraid
Black & White Movement
Citizens for TRUTH (Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Trust, Hope)
Citizens for Truth, Resignation, Impeachment, or Ouster (C4T)
Coalition for National Solidarity
Counsels for the Defense of Civil Liberties (CODAL)
De La Salle
FPJP Movement
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Interfaith Movement for Truth, Justice and Genuine Change (IFM)
Kilusan ng Makabansang Ekonomiya (KME)
Laban ng Masa
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)
Peoples Assembly for Genuine Alternatives to Social Apathy (PAG-ASA)
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
Union of Muslims for Morality and Truth (UMMAT)
United Opposition (UNO)
Unity for Truth and Justice
UP Diliman Student Council (UPD USC)
White Ribbon Movement
Women March
Youth DARE

25 July 2005

Divided We Fall

There is one thing Mrs Arroyo got right in her SONA yesterday: we are a divided Philippines. The sad thing is she has not demonstrated any intention to sacrifice to repair the said division. She continues to muddle the issue by proposing a change in the form of our government.

Mrs. President, how DENSE can you be? And for how long???

This picture says a lot on how divided the nation has become over the past few months.

RESIGN NOW, Mrs President! Do not wait for the time when people will physically carry you out of Malacañang.

30 June 2005

Do You Want GMA To Step Down?

Yes? Then post this button on your website or weblog. Let her know that only her resignation will stop the current political crisis.

As MLQ3 said in his Thursday column in the Inquirer:
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo must resign because she has fatally divided her people. She has removed every reason for the people to give her the benefit of the doubt. She has betrayed her supporters, those who worked and voted for her in the belief she would be more Diosdado Macapagal than Ferdinand Marcos, a conscientious steward and reformer instead of an opportunist and schemer.

She has pushed away those who opposed her but were willing to abide with the people's mandate. She has demonstrated that her rule was achieved in a manner that no one --- supportive of her, neutral or against her --- can accept or defend.
I couldn't agree more.

29 June 2005


Yesterday, we witnessed a showdown of sorts between two important personalities, Susan and Gloria. Here are some of the highlights of the speeches they delivered.

We begin with President GMA:

  • "Let there be no mistake. I'm committed to a day when we can truly be proud to be one nation. That's why the divisions within our country must end. I want a nation that raises up the unfortunate without dragging down the fortunate."

  • "In a recent Time magazine interview, I quoted my father who used to advise me: "when you're a public servant, the priority is God first, then country, and family is last." This is something that has guided me throughout my life in public service. My responsibility to the people is my highest priority."

  • "When I was executive director of GTEB, my husband stopped his law practice so that there would be no temptation to take in clients who might want to buy influence to get garments quotas. When I became president, my daughter Luli who have topped the foreign service exams on the eve of my sudden assumption readily accepted my decision not to appoint her to the service."

  • "Today, my family is once again called to sacrifice our personal happiness to allow me to serve best as President of our country. My husband has volunteered to go abroad. He and even his contributions to health care and sports development have been the object of pillory especially by my political enemies who've been trying to distract me from fulfilling my reform agenda as President. And so he will leave to remove these distractions and doubts from our people's minds. As with Caesar's wife, my husband has volunteered to remove himself from any situation which will cast doubt on my presidency."
For the divisions in this country to end, you must resign, Mrs. President. If it is true that you value God and country over your family and yourself, then you know that stepping down means doing this country a very big favor. I think you got it all mixed up. Making the your husband, the FG leave abroad is a sacrifice? Why? Because your children and grandchildren will miss him?

Well, do you know that families and children of OFWs feel that all the time? They miss their folks so much they have learned to accept it as a fact of life. Now, you and your husband want to call it a sacrifice? The ultimate sacrifice is resigning from the Presidency.

Here's another amusing link which you might want to read: WHAT THE FIRST GENTLEMAN DID FOR LOVE

C'mon, Mrs President, like what Susan said, your face betrays you. I can see your eyebags becoming more and more prominent. Can't sleep, Mrs. President? Does your conscience bother you that much?

Let's now hear what Susan said yesterday:

  • "Hindi ko matatanggap ang iyong sorry. [I cannot accept your 'sorry.'] You are full of promises. Obviously, you have no love for your country. You have stolen the presidency not once, but twice!"

  • "Habang pinapanood ko siya sa telebisyon at humingi ng sorry, kitang-kita sa mata niya na hindi siya sinsero at hindi galing sa puso niya. Gusto na naman niyang isahan at paikutin ang batas. Ang sinungaling ay kapatid ng magnanakaw!!! [While watching GMA on TV asking for an apology, I can see there was no sincerity in her eyes and what she said did not come from her heart. She wants to deceive us once more and play with the law. The liar is the sibling of the thief!!!]"

  • "Remember, Mrs. Arroyo, before the foreign investors can trust you, you must first have the trust of your countrymen, which unfortunately you have lost. You have embarrassed the Filipinos enough!!!"

  • "Why did it take so long? It's because there was something in that tape that she wanted to keep a secret -- the cheating in the last elections!"

28 June 2005

Two Options

Had this political crisis happened in Japan, GMA would have only two options:
If the shame was really too much, the offender can have a third option by doing both.

Since we are predominantly a religious nation, I think GMA's best option is to resign. There is no better way to put back the disgrace she bestowed on the Presidency than to pack her bags and leave. Hold snap elections and hand over the leadership to a more deserving person.

If she stays, she will convey an abominable message to the youth of this land --- that one can get away with cheating by saying a simple sorry. She will be setting a new bad standard. Rapists, kidnappers, murderers, and thieves might as well be forgiven by making them say sorry in front of people.

Forgiveness becomes relevant only with penance, consequent punishment, and a sincere promise proven by action not to commit the same mistake again.

Step down now, Mrs. President.

Do it for us. Do it for our country. Bring back the long lost honor sorely missed and badly wanted.

27 June 2005

Response To GMA's Mea Culpa

U P D A T E: Would you believe that a reliable source says that GMA's apology speech took more than 30 takes before it was shown on nationwide TV?

She looked calm and prepared when she spoke. She tried looking gloomy and sorry. Imagine a child getting caught from looting cookies from a cookie jar. Her affect was almost sepulchral.

Earlier rumors that "the cabinet members will be behind her or will be inside the hall" as she spoke, didn't seem to materialize. Or at least, that was how I perceived it.

She went on with her speech stoically. The whole exercise seemed mechanical. To the trained eye, it was quite obvious she read from a teleprompter. I got nothing against that. But her spindoctors ought to have a lecture in conveying sincerity. For a grave accusation and political crisis such as the one she is facing, I believe it would have been better if she spoke extemporaneously. Being spontaneous can convey genuineness, especially at times like these.

This is my detailed response to President GMA's nationwide address early this evening. I have divided her speech in blockquotes, with my response immediately below each blockquote. I do not pretend to be a smart-aleck or a know-it-all; I am just a Filipino citizen concerned about where my country is heading in the light of this recent development.
Mga Minamahal kong Kababayan [To My Beloved Countrymen],

For the last several weeks, the issue of the tape recordings has spun out of control. Tonight, I want to set the record straight. You deserve an explanation; from me, because you are the people I was elected to serve.
Mrs. President, it has been a full 3 weeks before you replied. In the weeks before you spoke, you described the whole hullabaloo as "extreme madness," and you called your detractors as "agents of destabilization." Your PNP Director even agreed with you, and along with the jueteng scandal besetting your husband, son, and brother-in-law, he said that the whole thing is nothing but a "destabilization plot" against your good office.
As you recall, the election canvassing process was unnecessarily slow even after the election results were already in and the votes had been counted.

I was anxious to protect my votes and during that time had conversations with many people, including a Comelec official. My intent was not to influence the outcome of the election, and it did not. As I mentioned, the election had already been decided and the votes counted. And as you remember, the outcome had been predicted by every major public opinion poll, and adjudged free, fair and decisive by international election observers, and our own Namfrel.
WHOA! Mrs. President, that was quite a mouthful. Now, I have more questions than ever.
  • Election canvassing was "unnecessarily slow" - Mrs. President, if you're so annoyed with the slow count, why didn't you make it your political will to hasten the computerization of elections here in the Philippines so election results wouldn't be tainted with doubt and suspicion?

  • Was your anxiety to protect your votes synonymous with the impropriety of calling and talking with "a Comelec official"?

  • Granting that your "intent was not to influence the outcome of the election," isn't it illegal in this country for candidates to talk to COMELEC officials during election or canvassing time?

  • You said your conversation with the COMELEC official "did not" influence the election outcome. Do you have concrete proof that it really "did not"?

  • You said "the election had already been decided and the votes counted." So, why were you still anxious? Can't clear winners sit back and relax?

  • "The outcome had been predicted by every major public opinion poll, and adjudged free, fair and decisive by international election observers, and our own Namfrel." Why do we still hold elections, Mrs. President, if polls would suffice? I am sorry, Mrs. President, but I do not trust NAMFREL, and I'm sure there's a good number of Filipinos out there who also have doubts about the integrity of this organization.
That said, let me tell you how I personally feel, I recognize that making any such call was a lapse in judgment. I am sorry. I also regret taking so long to speak before you on this matter. I take full responsibility for my actions and to you and to all those good citizens who may have had their faith shaken by these events. I want to assure you that I have redoubled my efforts to serve the nation and earn your trust.

Nagagambala ako. Maliwanag na may kakulangan sa wastong pagpapasya ang nangyaring pagtawag sa telepono. Pinagsisisihan ko ito ng lubos. Pinanagutan ko nang lubusan ang aking mga ginawa at humuhingi ako ng tawad sa inyo, sa lahat ng mga butihing mamamayan na nabawasan ng tiwala dahil sa mga pangyayaring ito. Ibig kong tiyakin sa inyo na lalo pa akong magsisikap upang maglingkod sa bayan at matamo ang inyong tiwala.
Oh, Mrs. President. My heart goes with you. I forgive you. I really do. I know it must have been terribly difficult for you to come up with this apology.

I also believe you are in grief over what you did. In the past weeks, you have characteristically displayed the initial stages of the famous Kubler-Ross Grief Cycle. You are now in the Bargaining Stage. I am bracing myself as you gradually transfer to the latter stages.

I also admire you for taking full responsibility for your actions. But Mrs. President, taking full responsibility also means facing the consequence of your misdeed. You can not simply earn the trust you lost by simply "redoubling your efforts to serve," moving on, and forgetting what happened. You must know that every malefaction has a consequent punishment.
I took office with a mandate to carry out a plan for the nation. Since that time, I have focused on making the tough but necessary decisions to make up for years of economic neglect. We passed a comprehensive fiscally responsible national budget; raised new and necessary revenues to reinvest in the people; and implemented new anti-corruption measures that have led to the highest collection of taxes in history.

Nothing should stand in the way of this work, or the next phase of my reform agenda, which includes new investments in education and social services with our new revenues; and an expansion of our successful anti-corruption and lifestyle checks.

That is why I want to close this chapter and move on with the business of governing.

I ask each and every one of you to join hands with me in a show of unity, to help forge One Philippines, where everyone is equal under the law, and where everyone has the opportunity to use their God-given talents to make a better life.

Our nation is strong and getting stronger. The progress is steady and I ask you to walk with me on this journey to rebuild our great nation. I remain your humble servant and promise you that I will fulfill my constitutional oath of office to serve the people to the best of my ability.

God Bless the Philippines.
Mrs. President, you must understand that no one is above the law. I know you have great aspirations for this country. So do I. So do many other Filipinos who love this country as much as you and I do. But you did a wrong thing which can not be undone. I do not think that was "mere lapse in judgment" because your controversial phone conversations with the COMELEC official showed you did not do the impropriety once, but many times. Repeated wrongdoing is intentional, Mrs. President.

The issue here is broken trust, Mrs. President. The Scottish novelist George MacDonald once said that "to be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved." In the days to come, you will understand why it is so.

You cannot simply ask the Filipino people to move on and forget about your transgression because you have to work hard to meet the elements of your "reform agenda." You blew it, Mrs. President. By admitting your wrongdoing, you have lost the chance to serve this beloved country. It will be painful to lose you at the helm, and so much more painful for the country because of the forthcoming economic/financial backlash. But that is how it must be, Mrs. President. YOU COMMITTED A MORTAL SIN AGAINST THE FILIPINO NATION. You must face the consequences. You must resign. That is the most honorable thing to do.

While you have lofty goals and admirable dreams for the country, you should have thought about the danger of losing that rare chance to serve this country when you committed your "lapse in judgement."

Step down now, Mrs. President. Do not wait for another 3 more weeks to do so. This country has already suffered so much. Do not consider me or those who ask you to resign as your enemy. We are all in the same boat. The more you cling to the position you have unwittingly contaminated, the worse it will be for the Filipino people.

We all need a clean, fresh start, and a new leader who is credible and whose integrity cannot be questioned.

I regret losing someone like you, Mrs. Arroyo. You could have been a great leader. 'Too bad you blew it.

16 June 2005

Passing The Test

This came from my bestfriend who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. I don't usually read forwarded emails but this one is so good I decided to share it with you.

I was really happy. My girlfriend and me were dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. My parents helped us in every way, my friends encouraged me, and my girlfriend? She was a dream!

There was only one thing bothering me, quite much indeed, and that as my mother-in-law to be. She was a career woman, smart, but most of all beautiful and sexy, who sometimes flirted me, quite obviously too, and made me feel uncomfortable.

One day, she called me and asked me to come over, to check the invitations. So I went. She was alone, and when I arrived, she whispered to me, that soon I was to be married, and she had feelings and desires for me that she can't overcome. So before I get married and commit my life to her daughter, she wants to make love to me just once.

What could I say? I was in total shock, and couldn't say a word. So, she said, I'll go to the bedroom, and if you are up for it, just come and get me. I just watched her delicious behind as she went up the stairs.

I stood there for a moment, and then turned around and went to the front door... I opened it, and stepped out of the house. Her husband was standing outside, and with tears in his eyes, hugged me and said, "We are very happy and pleased, you have passed our little test. We couldn't have asked for a better man for our daughter. Welcome to the family."

Lesson learned: Always keep your condoms in your car.....

Another Lesson learned: Sometimes, your most innocent move to commit your biggest mistake becomes your lifesaver.