Baguio Youth Jam vs. GMA
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BAGUIO CITY – Two
days after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo admitted that it was her
voice in the wiretapped phone conversations, around 400 persons from Metro
Baguio gathered for a mini concert initiated by youth groups at Malcolm
Square, here last June 30. The concert was their way of demanding
mini-concert, students from Baguio schools including the Saint Louis
University (SLU), University of the Cordilleras (UC), Baguio Central
University (BCU), Pines City Educational Center (PCEC), Easter College
Incorporated (ECI), Benguet State University (BSU) and the University of
the Philippines-Baguio (UPB) listened and watched various youth
organizations perform songs and plays. All the performances have a common
theme: the ouster of GMA.
The group also called
for the formation of a local chapter of the broad youth alliance called
Youth Demanding Arroyo’s Removal or Youth Dare.
The alliance will
include the Progressive Igorots for Social Action (PIGSA), Artista ti
Kordilyera para iti Wayawaya (ARKIW), Tanghalang Bayan ng Kabataan sa
Baguio (TaBaK Baguio), National Union of Students of the Philippines-Baguio-Benguet
(NUSP-BB), College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Baguio Benguet (CEGP-BB),
Anak ng Bayan Youth Party, Student Christian Movement of the
Philippines-Metro Baguio (SCMP-MB), League of Filipino Students (LFS),
Anakbayan Metro-Baguio, Gabriela Youth, Sigma Kappa Pi-UP, Sigma Delta
Pi-UP, Palaris Confraternity-UP, Democratic Action Party for the Youth-BCU
(DAP-AY-BCU), SLU Debate Society, Alliance of Concerned Students-SLU and
UP, and the Democratic Party for the Youth-UC (DAP-AY-UC).
organizations such as LFS sold recordings of the Gloria-gate audio with
various versions of the popular “Hello Garci” ring tone.
The NUSP-BB who
earlier led student protests agrees with the proposal of a transition
council following GMA’s ouster.
Meanwhile, the Metro
Baguio chapter of Anakabayan is holding a signature campaign against the
fare hike and removal of student fare discount during weekends, holidays
and summer vacation. These issues are some of the results of the steady
increase of oil price which, they said, occurred under GMA’s
even from the outskirts of Metro Baguio grew stronger when the president
denied rigging the May elections despite the wiretapped conversations.
While Macapagal-Arroyo admitted it was her voice in the tapes, Election
Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano’s whereabouts remains unknown.
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