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FSGO: GMA is “Governing Criminally”

February 16, 2009

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Former senior government officials denouncing the “illegitimacy” and the misrule under Gloria Macapagal Arroyo marked the first anniversary of their movement today with strongly worded manifesto “warning Filipinos that the signs are clear: corruption is Gloria’s bribe to remain in power in the past, present, and future.”

Resigned Civil Service Commission chair Karina David told this writer the FSGO’s ranks have swollen to 86 with several former ambassadors joining the movement of Cabinet-rank officials “who cry that power over our government and our collective future remains in the hands of an illegitimate leader.”

Reading from the FSGO statement, David said, “we warn our people that, left unresisted, illegitimacy has no tenure, that a cheating and lying leader respects no constitutional limits. And we warn our people that the signs are clear: corruption is Gloria’s bribe to remain in power in the past, present, and future.”

“We hope that leaders overseas, such as US Pres. Barack Obama find common cause with our struggle,” David said.

“FSGO is pursuing its campaign against the debasement of Philippine democracy in the same spirit that during his inaugural address, Mr. Obama denounced leaders ‘who cling to power through corruption, deceit, and the silencing of dissent’.

The FSGO elder said “corruption is the currency of Mrs. Arroyo’s administration.”

The former senior government officials issued their first anniversary manifesto titled A CRY AND A WARNING: EVIL TAKING ROOT IN POWER during a news conference at the historic Club Filipino in San Juan City where Cory Aquino took her oath as president during the 1986 ‘People Power revolt that drove Ferdinand Marcos from power after ruling the country for some 20 years.

“We are one with the Filipino people in hoping that 2010 will indeed bring and end to the Arroyo regime,” David sad, “but we mustpursue positive reform now as we remain vigiland that the sacred deadline is not subverted,” David said.

Resonant in the 1st anniversary statement of the former Cabinet rank officials was the reference not only to continued corruption but the danger of the Arroyo regime sattempting to stay in office beyond 2010 through charter change, along with the characterization of  the Arroyo govrernment as “governing criminally.”

The FSGO website is http://www.fsgo.ph/

There has been no immediate reaction from Malacanang to the FSGO manifesto.

Update: Late Monday afternoon Malacanang dismissed the FSGO statment as nothing but”fear-mongering.”

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