Sunday, July 25, 2010

Militant teachers to P-Noy: Walk your talk, ACT NOW!

Militant teachers to P-Noy: Walk your talk, ACT NOW!

PRESS RELEASE -- July 26, 2010
Ref: France Castro, Secretary General (Mobile No. 09178502124)

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) joins the thousands of people’s and cause oriented groups who will march the streets today, to call on to P-Noy to heed and take concrete actions on the demands of teachers and of the people.

“The teachers have heard enough of what President Benigno Aquino III wants to do during his campaign and inaugural speeches. The people are now demanding that these words are transformed into concrete actions! The peoples’ demands should be addressed, and P-Noy should now ‘walk his talk’,” said ACT Secretary General France Castro.

Castro slammed P-Noy’s previous populist tactics and motherhood statements which does not really address the basic issues of the people, but instead merely diverted the public’s attention from the core problems. “This is not what we expect from him.” Castro deplored. “The teachers and the people have suffered long enough under the previous president. It’s now time for P-Noy to carry out our demands and allow us reprieve from the oppressive policies of the government.”

The militant teachers’ Alliance listed immediate and concrete demands to address the needs of the teachers, education workers, and students, which included raising the teachers’ salaries and filling the shortages required for quality education, and dealing with the teachers’ problems involving the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). The teachers also called on P-Noy to stop the killings of activists and unarmed civilians; to free all political detainees; and to render justice for all victims of human rights violations.

“We expect that P-Noy will give, in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), marching orders that will concretely address the demands of the people, if he is to show his sincerity in bringing about change in the government.” Castro added.

To the President, Castro said: “Enough of the promises, P-Noy. It’s time to ACT NOW!”