Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Call to the Filipino Youth to Stand Up for Truth

A Call to the Filipino Youth to Stand Up for Truth

As the nation faces intense moral and political crisis, the Filipino youth is called upon to take up its role as bearers of the future and stand up for truth and accountablity in government. The Filipino youth must act now.

We are youth, students and professionals from different organizations, schools, colleges, universities, workplaces and communities. We unite in collective aspiration to knock on the conscience of our leaders and to awaken hope in the spirit of the Filipino people to bring forth a movement for truth and social change.

We commend Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, Jr. for divulging truths with regard to anomalies and corrupt acts in government. We admire the courage and determination he showed as he faced efforts of government forces to harass his person in order to stop him from testifying in Senate investigations.

We express our solidarity with various church groups, the business sector, people's organizations and concerned Filipino citizens who have similarly expressed confidence in Mr. Lozada's sincerity and credibility.

We believe that national leaders should be accountable to the people and that government officials should portray the highest standards of morality and integrity to be able to propel the nation towards genuine progress, justice and peace.

As young people moved with our conscience and aspirations for good governance and accountability for wrong deeds done, we condemn the following acts by government:

• The attempted cover-up and past and present whitewash of evidence implicating Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the First Gentleman and the First Family, along with Malacanang's minions, in numerous issues of bribery and corruption and other shady deals of government;
• The gross and systematic plunder of the country's coffers and resources for the benefit of a few influential government officials and cronies;
• The Arroyo administration's shameless disregard of the intensity and effects of such allegations and its continuous brushing off of still unresolved issues of bribery and corruption despite overwhelming public clamor for morality, transparency and accountability; and
• The blatant and unabashed misuse of the administration machinery, including the Department of Justice, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other agencies of government, to conspire in the further deception of the people and betrayal of public trust.

The government has lost its moral ascendancy to govern due to the long list of scandals, electoral fraud and corruption issues that have mired its rule. The Arroyo administration has long ceased to perform as a role model government for the youth. It has caused the widespread disillusionment among young people and have been a disappointment to the youth's desire to instill reforms in government.

We call on the government of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to stop efforts to cover-up the truth and be accountable for its immoral and corrupt acts. The government's desperate efforts to continuously cling to power have sown deep social discontent and division among the people.

We strongly believe in the sovereign right that rests on the people to change a morally bankrupt and corrupt regime with a conscientious leadership that can genuinely unite the nation and can bring forth meaningful social change.

YOUTH ACT NOW against a morally bankrupt government. YOUTH ACT NOW for truth, accountability and meaningful change.

YOUTH ACT NOW! (Youth for Accountability and Truth Now!

The Undersigned,

National Union Of Students of the Philippines (with 650 member councils nationwide)
College Editors Guild of the Philippines (with 750 member publications nationwide)
Kabataan Party
University of the Philippines (UP) University Student Council
UP Office of the Student Regent, Student Regent Teri Ridon
UP Manila University Student Council
UP Manila College of Arts and Science Student Council
Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP)
University of Santo Tomas ACT-NOW
Ateneo de Manila University Tanggulan Network
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Office of the Student Regent, Student Regent Sophia Prado
PUP Sentral na Konseho ng Mag-aaral
Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Sambayanan (SAMASA)-PUP
KKKP (Kalipunan ng Kristiyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas)
Student Christian Movement of the Philippines
Christian Youth Fellowship
Samahan ng Kabataang Episcopal sa Pilipinas
Adamson University University Student Government
Philippine Christian University Supreme Student Government
SAMASA-Far Eastern University
Kabataang Pinoy
League of Filipino Students
Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (KARATULA)
UP The Philippine Collegian
UP Manila Collegian
PUP The Catalyst
ADMU Matanglawin
Arellano Herald
MLQU The Quezonian
PUP Mass Communications The Communicator
Velez College SSC
niversity of Negros Occidental-Recoletos SSG
Bicol U
niversity University Student Council
St. Louis U
niversity SSG, Kasama
niversity of the Cordilleras SSC
ntral Mindanao Colleges SSC
non State University SSC
nga Apayao State College SSC


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