Gathering for truth, justice and change
■ AGHAM's Hot-air balloon ceremony at the UP Campus
■ Bonus Tracks: The NBN-ZTE lexicon
Liwasang Bonifacio Baguio City New York City
March 14, 2008 Updated March 18, 2008
The March 14 youth-led rally began with an interfaith prayer service. It included the Breaking of Bread by the religious leaders and different groups and sectors.
Student leaders read the unity
statement at the start of the Youth Festival of Truth section of the
program. They represented several schools notably La Salle, Ateneo,
Adamson, UST, Assumption, Phil. Christian University, Adamson, PUP, some
from UP; and groups of out-of-school youth. The program also featured the
PUP Pep Squads, speeches and band music.
.... and balloons
Protests, Reflection-Education on Arroyo's Litany of Sins
Our protests will not be over
until the worst thieves in power are held accountable for robbing the
Filipinos of dignity and social well-being. Our protests are bound to
continue as long as corruption from top to bottom inflicts injustice to
Gonzales and all of Arroyo's
avid defenders can go on claiming "political stability" but the rallying
calls for truth, accountability and substantial reforms will persist. Even
during the lull of the Holy Week and summer break, we vow to organize even
more reflection and discernment circles to continue exposing the litany of
sins of the Arroyo government and engage the people in communal actions
for truth, justice and change.
|Breaking and sharing the bread|
Dr. Carol P. Araullo
Atty. Adel Tamano, President
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Fernando Nanding Josef of CCP reads Joi
Barrios' poem, Nunal ►
CCP official resigns over
Ma. Flor Quirubin
Wife of detained Col. Ariel Quirubin
|Under the shadow of Gat Andres Bonifacio|
|Rocking and roaring to the music of Chikoy Pura and other bands|
for Bayan Ko
A Bayan Muna group congratulates itself for a successful activity; folding up banners and flags for safekeeping until the next rally; cleaning up the debris with the use of the Ibasura si GMA trashcans, unplugging the electronics and piling up the chairs.
The UP Diliman community’s March 14 activities kicked off at 7:00 am with the launching of miniature hot air balloons calling for truth, justice and change at the UP Sunken Garden by AGHAM, an organization of scientists. They held a program at the campus before joining the Liwasang Bonifacio rally.
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|At the main entrance to the UP Diliman campus......||.... and at UST in España: messages from the youth|
"We join thousands of Filipino youth around the world in the calls for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down. We condemn the corruption spearheaded by Philippine government officials who have been taking advantage of the Filipino people over and over again. They can't even provide accessible education and can't create jobs in the homeland for the thousands of Filipino youth who graduate every year and here they are taking away the people's money for their self-serving interests. The Filipino youth will definitely not allow this kind of government to lead the country."
--- Jonna Baldres
Anakbayan New York/New Jersey
Youth rage against GMA in
Photo by Noel Godinez
The NBN-ZTE lexicon
The Senate hearings on the NBN-ZTE scandal have provided us with new words and quotable phrases that all point to big time graft and corruption in the government, to wit:
"Sec, may 200 ka rito"
"Moderate their greed"
And some more.
These are present day versions of the classic statements of the 50s and 60s:
"What are we in power for?"
"We must provide for the future of our families."
"We are all giant octopuses here."
"So young and already so corrupt."
All these quotes recall to mind the term "bureaucrat capitalism" used in the book Philippine Society and Revolution by Amado Guerrero to describe one of the three basic problems of the Filipino people (see Aklat ng Bayan list of books).
In the section, Bureaucrat Capitalism, the author has these notes on graft and corruption and the problem of government officials using their positions to enrich themselves:
Graft and corruption is an integral part of a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society. The bureaucracy is nothing but an instrument for facilitating the exploitation of the broad masses of the people by foreign and feudal interests. The bureaucrat capitalists merely exact their share in the profits of comprador and landlord exploitation. It is their reward. In dishing out the anachronistic jargon of "liberal democracy" or "free enterprise", they simply mean to say that private interest (individual freedom of the exploiters) is paramount to public interest.
The entire hierarchy of the Philippine bureaucracy, including the executive, legislative and judicial branches.... has always been ridden with graft and corruption. One has only to take note of how much property a certain bureaucrat capitalist has at the start of his treacherous career and compare it with his visible assets that accumulate from year to year to be convinced of the enormity of graft and corruption and how detestably rotten the present system is.....
When the Senate resumes it hearings on the graft-ridden multimillion dollar projects, remember it is all about the basic problem of bureaucrat-capitalism staring you in your face.
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