Must Resign Now!
Statement of the University Council (UC) of the University of the
Philippines (UP) in Diliman, Quezon City on the political crisis facing
the Arroyo administration
The pursuit of the truth and the quest for a democratic society are
integral to the university's mission in society. In the conduct of its
work, the University of the Philippines is strictly guided by the
paramount values of honesty, personal integrity, and responsibility.
We have strong reason to believe that the recent actions of the Arroyo
administration in relation to the so-called "Gloriagate" tapes – the
initial attempt at a cover-up, the use of threat and intimidation to
prevent public access to these tapes, and the clever admission of
half-truths to conceal a serious offense, among others – constitute a
direct assault on nearly all the values we hold sacred in academe.
A careful analysis of the content and context of the recorded
conversations between the President and Commission on Elections (Comelec)
Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano clearly shows that there has been a
betrayal of public trust, if not a subversion of the people's will in the
last presidential election.
Grave economic problems confront the nation today. At no other time have
we needed a leader who can heal the divisions in our society and inspire
hope especially among our young people. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
has done enough damage to our public institutions and to the country's
self-esteem. We cannot afford to be led any further by a dishonest
president who has shown no qualms about using the awesome powers of her
office for purely personal interests.
The University Council (UC) of UP Diliman, Quezon City - composed of
professors, associate professors and assistant professors and chaired by
the Chancellor - calls on the people to guard against foreign meddling and
military takeover in charting the nation's future in the event of her
removal from office. UP Diliman faculty members will join the people in
their struggle to build a progressive society and a responsible government
and in their commitment to uphold civilian supremacy in government and
We thus call on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to immediately resign.
13 July 2005
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