FILIPINOS SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT GLORIA ARROYO'S MORALLY BANKRUPT GOVERNMENT
by Napanice (no login)
The Philippines is not only the second most corrupt country in Asia, and one of the top 10 most corrupt countries in the world, as measured by Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, but also that its president, Gloria Arroyo, is the most corrupt president in Philippine history, as measured in a recent Pulse Asia survey conducted last October, but kept embargoed by the survey outfit until yesterday.
How can Filipinos both at home and abroad allow this to happen, is it not enough that we have suffered both economically and socially after 20 long years under martial law and a dictatorship? Most of us are known for being the domestic helpers and caregivers of the world and this is the result of incompetent governance mired in corruption and nonstop politicking.
No one but the Filipinos can do something to correct the persistent problems and negative image of the Philippines. If we don't do it now, it may never happen and the history of our failures will simply repeat again because we did not learn the lessons of our past.
Anti-GMA groups reject ‘morally bankrupt’ gov’t
Religious leaders, faith-based organizations and cause-oriented groups yesterday renewed their strong rejection of the “morally bankrupt” Arroyo administration as they denounced the rampant corruption that has been hounding the government.
In an Interfaith Prayer Assembly in Manila, the groups claimed that “the events of the past weeks have shown in unmistakable terms the deep and intense political crisis that continues to engulf the nation under the Arroyo administration.”
The activity was attended by religious leaders, including Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Fr. Joe Dizon and Fr. Robert Reyes.
The Concerned Citizens Group, the United Opposition, umbrella group Bagong Alyansang
Makabayan, the Oust Gloria Coalition, the Black and White Movement, Solidarity Philippines and the Kubol ng Pag-asa also joined the protest.
They called on Filipinos to affirm their commitment to truth and justice and the decisive resolution of the issues of legitimacy, corruption, human rights abuses and abuse of power.
The assembly also staunchly opposed any plans of Charter change and term extensions under the Arroyo adminis-tration.
The protesters also called for an investigation into the alleged bribery of governors being initiated by the Malacañang.
In a statement, Jaro Archbisop Angel Lagdameo said the bribery issue must be resolved as soon as possible.
According to them, “the crisis has gotten worse with many of our people going abroad because they see no hope in our country.”
The groups warned that “unless these issues are satisfactorily addressed, we can expect the same turbulence, desperation and frustration to mark the remaining years of administration.”
The activity was held three days after a Pulse Asia survey cited Mrs. Arroyo as the most corrupt President since 1965.
The Interfaith Prayer Assembly for the Nation was the second activity of an emerging partnership between Catholic bishops-religious leaders and citizens groups.
The organizers of the event released their first statement last Nov. 28 calling for the “rejection of a morally bankrupt government.”
A second statement was released last Dec. 13 which saw the Manila Peninsula incident as the result of “still unresolved issues of legitimacy, corruption, human rights abuses and unprecedented abuse of power under the guise of upholding the rule of law.”
Posted on Dec 14, 2007, 8:49 AM from IP address 126.96.36.199