Unity is the Only Choice is my column for today. Billy Esposo has a sobering warning about the youth. JB Baylon believes we’re getting better at People Power. Ana Marie Pamintuan discusses the fallout from keeping the President in power. Ellen Tordesillas believes that unity talks are a sign that national healing can begin. Conrado de Quiros joins in the unity efforts (Enteng Romano’s e-mail answers his question about Susan Roces). Rigoberto Tiglao issues a counterblast. Below is the statement of unity born of the Saturday gather at de la Salle Green Hills. Random Thoughts, Cogito Ergo Sam, Bangketa Republique, Love and Light, Tales from Disiniland, La Vida Lawyer and Punzi have echoed the call:
Statement of Unity
Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan
We come from all walks of life, from different political, cultural, and economic persuasions, different points of view. But in diversity, we find a cause for unity. That cause for unity is our common objective to secure the truth.
We all seek the truth. We want the truth to come out. And yet every means for seeking the truth has been frustrated; every avenue for arriving at the truth has been blocked; and every opportunity to find the truth is being closed.
Gloria Macapagal-ArroyoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s response to our call for the truth has been to suppress evidence, hide her accomplices, engage in a grand cover-up, sow fear, foment distrust and use every instrument at her disposal to encourage division among our people.
We will not be divided in these critical times.
We say with one voice, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo must go. For the good of the country, she must go. For the sake of our nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future, she must go. For the preservation of hope as a motive force in our national life, she must go.
We are united by the belief that this crisis must be resolved in a manner that is peaceful and democratic. Without the truth, there cannot be peace; without the truth, there is no genuine democracy. The truth must set our nation free.
Unite for the truth. Demand the truth. Defend the truth.
Kami ay ang Bukluran Para sa Katotohanan.
Action for Economic Reforms
AKBAYAN CitizenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Action Party
Ateneo Concerned Faculty and Youth
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)
Be Not Afraid
Black & White Movement
Citizens for TRUTH (Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Trust, Hope)
Citizens for Truth, Resignation, Impeachment, or Ouster (C4T)
Coalition for National Solidarity
Counsels for the Defense of Civil Liberties (CODAL)
De La Salle
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Interfaith Movement for Truth, Justice and Genuine Change (IFM)
Kilusan ng Makabansang Ekonomiya (KME)
Laban ng Masa
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)
Peoples Assembly for Genuine Alternatives to Social Apathy (PAG-ASA)
Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP)
Union of Muslims for Morality and Truth (UMMAT)
United Opposition (UNO)
Unity for Truth and Justice
UP Diliman Student Council (UPD USC)
White Ribbon Movement
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