Thursday, June 16, 2005

Oust Gloria Calls Increasing!

UPDATE: After the exposed of gloriagate tape, the number of the organization who call Gloria to step down increasing rapidly. The public gatherings were organized in many areas especially in the Manila city, Philippines. More and more sectors including the academe also come out with their strongest protest about the election fraud in the last Presidential Election.

Dr. Giovanni Tapang, chairperson of the activists scientist group, AGHAM spoke in the launching of the UP AWARE or the University of the Philippine (UP) Alliance Working for Arroyo Removal,

Acedeme Can Help to Proof

"We have physicists working on signal processing and coding at the National Institute of Physics as well as DSP engineers at the UP EEE who can easily show whether the speaker on the Gloriagate tapes was indeed Gloria Arroyo. Furthermore, there are language experts here at the College of Arts and Letters and sound engineers from the Collegeof Mass Communication and the College of Engineering"

"Academe has to join the swelling movement to remove Arroyo for the continuation of GMA's presidency is untenable and unconscionable. We support the call of UP AWARE for a council of patriotic and progressive organizations and individuals to come together and agree on a process of succession and a program for bringing about economic justice, freedom and democracy", said Dr. Tapang.

For your information, the ASA Secretariat received the email from the UP AWARE about their launching event. UP AWARE is an alliance of UP faculty, students, research and extension personnel, staff and alumni questioning the legitimacy of the Arroyo administration in the light of the taped conversation between her and Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcellano. UP AWARE count themselves part of the growing movement for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down.

There are few prominent speakers and guests were invited such as Senator Aquilino 'Nene' Pimentel, Jr., Brother Eddie Villanueva, Former UP President Francisco 'Dodong'Nemenzo, Jr., University Student Council Chairperson Marco de los Reyes, progressive bishops, college deans and representatives from the faculty, staff and REPS of the University.

Arroyo Refused to Testify

President Gloria Arroyo said Thursday she would not testify at a congressional hearing into allegations she stole last year's elections, accusing the opposition of trying to sabotage the economy.

That means Arroyo gave up the opportunity to take the stand at a planned public hearing next week intended to probe the authenticity of illegally tapped telephone conversations released by the opposition.

Arroyo spokesman Ignacio Bunye said that the president would not attend the public hearing, "we respect the investigation initiated by our lawmakers, but to insist on the president's response relative to this dubious audio tape is inappropriate as far as we are concerned."