Asian Women's Resource Centre


Statement of Unity

Vol 13 No 1 April 2008

BabaLa (Babae Laban sa Katiwalian)

Representing Filipino women from various fields and political persuasions, we stand together with the Filipinos in the search for truth, responsibility and justice amidst the turmoil currently besetting the nation.

We express our deep outrage at a woman, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose presidency has evolved into arguably the most fascist, dishonest, corrupt, cynical and morally degenerate in this country’s history. She has betrayed the great and resplendent tradition of heroism and integrity of women leaders and shamelessly disgraced the Filipino people.

While most mothers teach their children the value of honesty, this one has taught her family and country the enjoyment of corruption and lies. She has channeled monies originally intended for education, health services, housing programs and other such basic needs that any human being desperately needs, into the pockets of her family and cronies.

While most women teach their students the value of responsibility, this former economics teacher and current Commander-in-chief has yet to account for charges of electoral fraud, corruption, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and the economic dispossession of many of our people.

Whistleblower Jun Lozada’s recent detailed account of MalacaƱang’s trail of insatiable greed, bribes, kickbacks and brazen acts of cover-up (including kidnapping) merely exposes the latest example of Arroyo administration’s penchant for evasion of responsibility and completes the picture of a decadent and desperate leadership.

As women who have consistently and proudly held the role of safeguarding the formation and upholding of positive values in society, we cannot helplessly stand back and allow Mrs. Arroyo’s morally bankrupt leadership to cast away our future as a nation. We cannot allow a presidency that has survived through cheating, lying, stealing and killing.

We join the Filipino people in saying that there is nowhere for Mrs. Arroyo to go but out. Together, we aspire to a future where leaders are true models of good governance and accountability to the people. We are determined to succeed in our united fight to oust her from office now.