10 December 05
A few days ago, a group of armed men sprayed bullets on a building owned by Mike Arroyo, husband of embattled "President" Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA). The armed men identified themselves as members of a new group called "Enlightened Warriors". In a statement they sent to the media, the "Enlightened Warriors" warned: "This attack symbolizes the widespread frustration and anger among AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) soldiery against the illegitimate and corrupt administration of Gloria [Macapagal] Arroyo". They also characterized the Arroyo building as the "corporate and corruption headquarters of the Arroyos".
20 November 2005
A group of accomplished professionals and renowned leaders recently introduced a societal innovation that has started to capture the imagination of the country. They articulated the importance of positive discourse to help uncover the creative sources of the Filipino identity. They emphasized the importance of building upon positive achievements to accelerate the creation of a visionary Philippines.
November 6, 2005
In recent weeks, enemies of civil society, especially those from the decadent government of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) have attacked some leaders of civil society as being too political. These enemies of civil society are not alone. Civil society leaders also increasingly hear their friends complaining that they are becoming too political. In expressing very clear and strong opinions about political developments, some civil society leaders are supposedly abandoning their civil society stance and entering directly into the realm of politics.
30 October 2005
We live in tragic times. Often we blame our troubled condition on others, on events outside ourselves, on failed institutions, on unjust societal structures. But the harsh reality is closer to home. We are hypocrites to ourselves. We do not act out from our deepest beliefs and convictions. We often betray our highest ideals and mock our principles through accommodation and rationalization.
October 21, 2005
In the past months Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) and her government have had harsh words for their detractors. She and her allies call those who are criticizing her and are asking her to step down, destabilizers, hypocrites, showoffs, self-serving, violators of law and order, among other similar pejorative labels. At the end of the day, however, these labels backfire because they perfectly describe the dark side of the GMA government.