||ALEX HERMOSO & FR. SHAY CULLEN Join the Convenors meeting
of the Civil Society Movement for a Just & Honest Elections|
||Meeting of Various Government and Non Governement Organizations
about the upcoming elections|
||Protest rally against the Political Dynasty growing in Olongapo
||Fr. Shay Cullen joining the Run of Fr. Robert Reyes from the
Preda Center to the Various destinations in Olongapo City|
|| Protesters! Held at the Circle of Hope located just
beside the "Ulo ng Apo", Olongapo|
||A short message of Fr. Robert Reyes member of the GOMBURZA
movement on the Political issues in Olongapo|
||The Employees of the Department of Tourism (DOT) Protesting
the recently appointed Secretary Richard Gordon in front of the Department
||Employees of the DOT and members of the DOT Employees Association
rallying around the premises of the Department Building.|
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Joint Affidavit of different organizations in
Olongapo protesting . . .
to the Olongapo City and the Subic Bay page. In the recent past, there has been an awakening
of the civil society of Olongapo City. Last April, Father Robert Reyes,
the chaplain of the University of the Philippines and the head of the priests'
movement called GUMBURZA arrived in Olongapo City. Fr. Reyes goes on jogging
runs, bringing media attention to social realities and campaigns against
the negative influence of traditional politicians in the Philippines.
a strong following, he led a run with a large group of followers from Subic
town proper to Olongapo City. His message to the citizens was for them to
exercise their rights to vote in the coming election in a most responsible
way and to shun voting for traditional politicians who rule with oppressive
polices and perpetuate themselves through family dynasties.
His day long
run attracted a big following and a large crowd gathered at the Olongapo
circle where several progressive priests celebrated a Mass for peace and
justice at the circle. The civil society movement of the city was there
with banners and issued a declaration of principle.
CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT
priests also issued a statement in response to a barricade of the entrances
to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. This was organised by a small group
of protesting employees of the SBMA. Allegedly, with the approval and encouragement
of the local Government of Olongapo city (which Mayor Kate Gordon
denied) they prevented all other employees and students from entering
the facilities. The local clergy saw this a denial of the rights of the
citizens to report for work and attend classes. The protests of the group
of employees were aimed against the administration of the SBMA who replaced
the former Chairman Richard Gordon.
STATEMENT OF THE
CLERGY AGAINST THE BARRICADES
about the barricade and the background were few and allegations flew about
that there was news black out by the city administration. The local media
council wrote a letter to the press published in the TODAY and the Philippine
Daily Inquirer newspapers protesting the treatment of a news reporter who
was covering the demonstration at the gate to the SBMA.
LETTERS PUBLISHED IN THE
PDI & TODAY NEWSPAPERS
Against Secretary of Tourism Richard Gordon|
The Former City
Mayor and chairman of the SBMA during the administration of former President
Fidel Ramos was Richard Gordon. He was replaced and had no standing for
the past few years. However, many charges of graft and corruption were filed
against him pertaining to his time when he was Chairman of the SBMA.
came to power and he was able to get appointed as Secretary of Tourism.
soon the employees of the Department of Tourism rose up in opposition to
his appointment. Senator Nene Pimentel said that the Senate committee on
appointments in June this year would not confirm Secretary Gordon, after
the election on 14th May.
at the Department of Tourism held demonstrations and protests and issued
the following statement.
STATEMENT OF THE EMPLOYEES
OF THE DOT