Samahan ng Nagtataguyod ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Sambayanan
132 B Matahimik St., Teacher's Village QC
info at agham.org
*SCIENTISTS JOIN CALL TO DEFEND CIVIL LIBERTIES AND FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS*
*No to Proclamation 1107! Never again to Martial Law!*
AGHAM, a group of activist scientists strongly condemns the declaration of State of Emergency, giving the beleaguered Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the power to arrest civilians without warrants, to takeover public utilities such as the media and banning all kinds of public assembly.
We vehemently denounce such action that curtails the civil liberties of the people that we have long been defending. The insecure regime of Macapagal-Arroyo has resorted to manipulation and use of force to cling into power and a position that does not belong to her in the first place. The irony is not lost to us and the thousands of Filipinos who fought for our rights and freedom during the First EDSA People Power that these same rights and freedom are now threatened by Arroyo's State of Emergency declaration.
We clearly see through the series of illegal arrests and raids that followed after Proclamation 1017 that Gloria Arroyo is out to silence all critics of her anti-Filipino policies. We will not be surprised anymore that the same act will be done to any one within the ranks of progressive and patriotic scientists who ever since exposed and opposed the policies of her administration that undermines the interests of the Filipino people like the Mining Act, Oil Deregulation Law, EPIRA, and RVAT among others. We can not allow that to happen.
We believe that the longer her administration stays in power the greater is the risk to civil liberties not only of scientists but of all Filipinos in general. That is why we reiterate our call for her tostep down and get out of Malacanang. If she won't, we vow to do all we can to amplify the movement to oust her.
We are calling upon all freedom-loving Filipinos, especially among the scientists to once again rise up to the challenge and defend our rights and our civil liberties. Let your voices be heard!###
Dr. Giovanni Tapang