Reference: Yancy Gandionco, Anakbayan NY/NJ Vice President Email: Anakbayan_ny@yahoo.com
Oops, they did it again. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her cronies have consistently managed to hog the spotlight in Philippine politics. Instead of being entertained and getting numb, the Filipino people are overwhelmed by feelings of disgust and outrage brought by the Arroyo Government’s endless cheating and blatant corruption. Now more than ever, Anakbayan New York/New Jersey reaffirms its call for the immediate ouster of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The ZTE-National Broadband Network scandal is just the latest scandal among the long lines of scandals since Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her cronies took power in 2001. “It is like watching one bad movie over and over again: same themes of corruption in the Arroyo family while ordinary Filipinos plunge even deeper into debt and poverty keeps popping up.” Danielle Galan, Anakbayan NY/NJ president remarked.
“We are one with the protesters who flocked into the streets of Makati City, Philippines and all over the world, where people came in the thousands, with one resounding voice, telling the world that they have had enough!” Ms. Galan added.
Anakbayan New York/New Jersey is a Filipino youth organization with its mother chapter in the Philippines. Since Arroyo took the highest seat of power in the country, Anakbayan has been critical of her Government over its blatant non-interest in the Filipino Youth. During her term, we have seen nothing but the all-out commercialization of education, the increase of bright youth falling victim to extra-judicial killings and forced disappearances.
“Under her fascist and corrupt regime, thousands of Filipino youths are forced to leave their families to struggle abroad. Most often, they are thrust into the worst working conditions and most hostile environments just to earn enough to keep their families back home alive. They send remittances, which amounts to billions of dollars, that keeps the Philippine economy afloat only to end up in the pockets of the Arroyo family and her cronies.” Anakbayan NY/NJ Secretary-General, Jonna Baldres said.
“The growing discontent of the people will not stop as well as the demonstrations that shall fill the streets, not only in the Philippines but in all places where there are Filipinos. In the spirit of People Power, the Filipino youth together with all the oppressed sectors shall fight as one and we will not stop until Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo steps down along with her corrupt cronies.” Danielle Galan further added.