New Youth Formation Calls for GMA’s Ouster

As different sectors renew their call for the ouster of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, youth organizations in the National Capital Region (NCR) decided to assemble themselves into one group that will call for “political, economic and social change and reforms in the country.”

BY REYNA MAE TABBADA
Bulatlat
Vol. VII, No. 49, January 20-26, 2008

As different sectors renew their call for the ouster of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, youth organizations in the National Capital Region (NCR) decided to assemble themselves into one group that will call for “political, economic and social change and reforms in the country.” The formation is called Youth Revolt, which carries the rationale ‘Amidst trying times, to revolt is justified.’

Youth’s answer

“This is the youth’s answer to the worsening crisis,” said National Union of Students in the Philippines (NUSP) national president Alvin Peters in describing Youth Revolt. The Metro Manila chapter of the NUSP is one of the conveners of the network. At present, the members of Youth Revolt include Sangguniang Kabataan Council Leaders, student councils, campus publications, academic and non-academic organizations, church and faith-based organizations, non-government organizations and community-based youth organizations, young professionals, celebrities, personalities, young legislators, politicians, school administrators, and individuals against Arroyo.

As its opening salvo, Youth Revolt presented the seven sins of the Arroyo regime during its seven years in power. These sins are: state terrorism, puppetry, bribery and corruption, poverty, electoral fraud, plunder, and bleak future for the youth.

The use of the Catholic concept of the seven capital sins – pride, gluttony, avarice, wrath, lust, sloth, and greed – embodies the “political and socio-economic unrest” that characterizes the present administration. Youth Revolt also commends the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for being part of a movement demanding social change. Part of the reason that the initial members of Youth Revolt assembled together is the declaration of the CBCP that the country has a ‘morally bankrupt government.’

“The CBCP has the backbone and courage to call for genuine change. Also, their decision to open the EDSA Shrine for the commemoration of the two People Powers is significant,” explained Peters.

Transition council

“We need to strengthen our democratic institutions. We know that there will be a vacuum of power but the constitutional successors also has no credibility. And so we at Youth Revolt supports the creation of a transition council for a transition period,” Peters said. The transition council will be composed of members of the de facto movement that ousted Arroyo.

Moreover, Peters pointed out that the “youth sector has a large stake in the transition council.” Historically, the youth has a tradition of “taking a stand on issues that concerns them and fighting for a brighter future.” In fact, the choice of ‘Revolt’ is not just for its literal meaning. The word also stands for the group’s objectives: Raise awareness, Expand solidarity and influence among sectors, Volunteer for the campaign to oust Arroyo, Organize volunteers and local formations, Launch series of creative and youthful activities to bolster awareness, and Tap the most number of youth and students and move them to action for their future.(Bulatlat.com)

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