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Journalism Club's statement on the current political crisis in the Philippines.
is this ruler still in office? Let's make this clear.
Many great political thinkers share this one very important idea about
a ruler's governance in a society. In the event that the government
no longer serves the common interest of the governed, the people have
the right, and even the responsibility, to rise up against the system
that ceases to serve its purpose.
Having said so, one might ask, why is the President still in office?
To name all the problems scourging our country today would mean hours
and even days. So here's a list of the prominent ones that have seemed
to linger in most people's thoughts. First and foremost, the hostage
crisis in Mindanao, which brought international embarrassment to the
Philippines; Payatas tragedy; crony capitalism; the plunge of the peso's
value; incessant oil price increase; commercialization of education;
poverty; more poverty, etc.
Then, this fraudulent head of the state managed to muster the nerve
to wrong the Filipino people in perhaps the worst way imaginable. With
his now blatant and evident involvement in graft and corruption and
bribery and his culpable violation of the constitution, he betrayed
the public trust.
Again, the question resonates if only to give due emphasis: Why is the
Philippine's "monumental" being still holding office in MalacaÃ±ang?
The nation has gone through the painstaking process of the EDSA revolution.
Painstaking, then, because of the numerous tortures and heartless battles
that these people fought along the way. Painstaking, still, because
we seem to have forgotten the essence of that struggle. Maybe we are
not ready for another revolution. Hell, maybe we don't even have guts
to think about undergoing another revolt.
But this is not a matter of revolution or rebellion. This is merely
questioning the basic reasons for having a political system that is
supposed to protect the interest of the people. This is a war we have
been fighting inside ourselves that begs to come out in the open. So,
if there's one question that the President owes the people an answer,
this is it. Why are you still there in MalacaÃ±ang?
If he cannot give us the answer that we want, then his administration
might as well evaporate with its thousands of broken promises.
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