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Professors of UP Diliman Denounces GMA's Con-Ass

Written By David D'Angelo on Friday, July 24, 2009 | 7/24/2009

Despite President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s claim to the contrary, professors of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman said that she is planning to stay in power even beyond 2010 so that she can enjoy immunity from suit.

In a statement of the UP Diliman’s University Council (UC) – composed of assistant professors, associate professors and full professors and chaired by the Chancellor – they said that Macapagal-Arroyo' s attempt to remain in power and to escape accountability "is an affront to the values (of) public accountability, transparency, honor, and excellence in service" which are held dearly at UP.

The UP Diliman professors added, "There now exists political uncertainty as the public is unaware of what will happen between now and May 2010 when elections are supposed to be held. There is no justice in a situation where an extension of her immunity from suit would bar any prosecution when her term as President expires on June 30, 2010."

In this context, the UC vowed to “oppose all attempts of GMA and her allies to convene an illegal constituent assembly and to prolong her rule,” stressing that “(t)he people should freely choose leaders that would truly represent the people’s interests.”

At its 109th meeting, the UC approved last July 20 the statement titled “No to GMA’s Illegal Constituent Assembly.” Of those present, 148 voted in favor; 4 voted against and 11 abstained. The statement’s full text may be retrieved from http://www.upd.edu.ph/~updinfo/octnovdec08/articles/notogma.html.

For verification, please call UP College of Mass Communication Dean Roland B. Tolentino (928-1388) who is also chair of the University Council Committee on National Policies and Programs.


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