Monday, September 05, 2005


August 31, 2005

“The congressional lapdogs of Gloria Arroyo should be forewarned – they can kill the complaint now but this regime will crumble, and their President ousted.” This was the statement by Rizza Ramirez, National President of the National Union of Students of the Philippines as the NUSP and other student organizations staged a lightning rally right inside the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives as majority congressmen were making a mockery out of the impeachment hearing last Monday, August 30.

Ramirez says, “The lightning rally right under the noses of our congressmen should serve as a warning to them to stop stonewalling the impeachment complaint and dwelling on mere irrelevant prejudicial questions. How can the youth and students be not frustrated if they can see right before their very eyes how much of a sham this impeachment process is. They can throw us out of Congress, but our struggle against Arroyo persists.”

“The majority congressmen in the justice committee are as fake and deceitful as their boss in Malacanang. We all know now how good this moro-moro and rigodon is being played by the regime to fool our people, especially the youth,” Ramirez asserts.

“The President and her cohorts can never expect sympathy coming from the youth and students. How can we support this government that proposes an annual budget that allocates more than P721.7 billion pesos for debt servicing while giving Education a paltry sum of 119.1 billion. Is this a government that ensures the future of its youth?” Ramirez explains.

Ramirez asserts, “The impeachment issues on electoral fraud, among others, are mere tips of the iceberg for the Filipino youth and students. The sins of this regime against the youth are just as appalling such as the yearly budget cuts in state universities and colleges and unregulated skyrocketing of tuition and other fees in private universities.”

Ramirez adds, “The Filipino youth will continue on making their voices heard in the roads leading to Congress to the streets leading to the Palace to campaign for her impeachment, resignation and outright ouster from power. The discontent among young people is growing like wildfire, and the NUSP and other progressive youth groups will lead them in this struggle.”

“As the youth witnesses further this travesty of democracy our congressmen are blindly doing to kill the impeachment, the youth is ever ready to launch another series of mass actions with the Filipino masses in the scale as that of the historic First Quarter Storm. Make no mistake about it, the militant action in Congress is the start of the September Storm that will force her out of power.” Ramirez finally says.

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