The Cordillera Peoples
Alliance and the Tongtongan ti Umili is one with the call of Senator
Antonio Trillanes IV and Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim for President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo to STEP DOWN!
Seven years of the Arroyo Presidency has brought
extreme suffering and misery among the Filipino people. It has done
nothing to alleviate the abject poverty among the Filipinos. Instead,
it continues to bow down to the dictates of its imperialist masters
in the further liberalization, deregulation and privatization of
Philippine economy. It has been inutile in preventing another round
of oil price hike that has led to the further escalating of prices
of basic goods and services.
Amidst the poor condition of the Filipino people, the Arroyo presidency
shamelessly wallows in corruption. The President and the rest of
the First Family have been shamelessly involved in a series of frauds
using public funds for their private and political interest. We
have not yet forgotten the abrasive diversion of public funds meant
for farmers and the Hello Garci incident to ensure her victory in
the 2004 electoral fraud. We have not forgotten the illegitimacy
of the Arroyo presidency.
The Arroyo Presidency continues to unleash its bloody sword of war
against the Filipino people. Extrajudicial killings and enforced
disappearances continue unabated and escalate, with 886 cases of
extrajudicial killings nationwide, 357 survived attacks and 179
are disappeared. Worse, the military and police death squads continue
to roam the country with impunity, waiting to squeeze the trigger
on another innocent victim. The latest is the attempt to assassinate
Ms. Hope Hervilla - BAYAN MUNA's nominee from Panay, three days
These among others clearly show that the Arroyo Presidency is bankrupt,
corrupt, and has no respect for human rights. While it continues
to cling to power using draconian measures, it is pushed to the
wall and is desperately surviving. She, however, will not prevail.
Thus, she must heed the nation's call to STEP DOWN from the presidency.
BEVERLY L. LONGID Chairperson
Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Tongtongan ti Umili