26 July 2008
Bangsamoro adheres to stand vs. GMA’s another round of lies
COTABATO CITY – Moro groups and a youth alliance here held a joint press
conference to arrange its own State of the Nation Address (SONA) – the
State of Bangsamoro Address.
The Suara Bangsamoro, Kawagib and Kilos Kabataan! unite to belie Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo’s ‘development program’ that proves rhetoric to ears of
the Bangsamoro people.
Bai Ali Indayla, Kawagib’s spokesperson, said the lives of Bangsamoro and
Filipino people remains impoverish during GMA’s eights years in Malacanang
cited Social Weather Station (SWS) survey which record 50% of the 88.9
million Filipinos are ‘self-rated poor’ and 14.9 million families
experience hunger everyday.
“People who feel they are poor are increasing everyday. Some could only
afford to eat once a day due to soaring prices of basic commodities. But,
it is very saddening that while many Filipinos experience hunger, Gloria
and her cohorts are busy spending ‘rest and recreations’ abroad and using
taxpayers’ money,” Indayla said.
Indayla added that cases of human rights violations against the Bangsamoro
people are also increasing due to continuous militarization in the rural
areas and the state’s anti-terrorism policy.
Further, Blah Lawan, vice-chairperson of Suara Bangsamoro in Cotabato City
said, “We could no longer endure a ruthless, corrupt and fraudster
president. We unite to oust Gloria. She has no heart for the Bangsamoro
The Kilos Kabataan! also supports GMA’s ouster for being neglectful to
student and youth’s agenda on education and social services.
Michael Angelo Lucas, Kilos Kabataan! convenor said, “GMA’s
foreign-serving policies caused commercialization of education. Due to
relentless tuition fee increases, many youth had stopped schooling. GMA
gives freedom to school owners and administration to implements tuition
and miscellaneous increases anytime they wanted to.”
“We want GMA to be held accountable for all the lies and violations she
committed to the Bangsamoro people. The crimes she had done and the crises
she brought are sufficient grounds to overthrow her,” the groups closed.