Monday, February 05, 2007

An Atenean must be a man for others

February 05, 2007

This is a statement from Kabataan-ADMU regarding Mike Arroyo-Alan Peter Cayetano face-off at the House Committee Hearing last January 22, 2007.

A repost would be highly appreciated.
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The First Gentleman has some gall to invoke the name of the Ateneo at his appearance at the HouseCommittee Hearing last January 23. Refusing to answer to Pateros Representative Cayetano's allegations of corruption, Arroyo instead filed a complaint to the Committee on Ethics to removethe congressman from office last 2006.

"Ateneo de Manila seeks to preserve, extend, and communicate truth and apply it to human development..." so says the Vision/Mission Statement of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Clearly, Mike Arroyo does not manifest the mission and vision of the school thus, does not have the moral ascendancy to drag the name of the Ateneo in his personal crusade to crush those who dare question his actions as a public figure and official. He does not manifest the basic principles of honesty, integrity and all the values an Atenean must possess.

Representative Cayetano is not the first to feel the wrath of the First Gentleman. In 2006, Arroyo filed several multimillion libel cases against journalists, editors whose only objective is to report matters of public interest. In the end, the biggest victims of Arroyo's abuse of power are the Filipino people who left with unanswered questions regarding corruption issues pitted against him.

We are honored to be from the Ateneo. We decry the use of the name of our alma mater by a person who refuses to be transparent in matters of public interest. We always say that an Atenean must be a man for others. Mike Arroyo, clearly, is not.

Hyra Dela Cruz
Kabataan Partylist- Ateneo de Manila University Chapter

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