Thursday, July 21, 2005

Any Delay in the Resignation of Mrs. Arroyo Further Pushes the Country in a Quagmire: AUPWU Manila

Press Release
July 21, 2005

Reference: Mr. Jossel I. Ebesate, R.N.
President
Contact Numbers: 0918-9276381/632-4043721

TODAY, Employees of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) together with some Faculty and students of the University of the Philippines Manila (The Philippines’ Health Sciences’ Center) staged a picket-rally and noise barrage in front of the Department of Out-patient Services (DOPS) of the PGH calling for the immediate resignation of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. The protesters numbering around 200 were led by the All-U.P. Workers Union, Manila Chapter.

“Any minute longer that the Mrs. Arroyo stays in office, the more that our country will be further pushed in a quagmire. She must resign now before things come to worst ” Said Mr. Jossel I. Ebesate, a Nurse Supervisor in the PGH Nursing Service and President of the All UP Workers Union Manila. “Mrs. Arroyo has become a liability to the country not because of the brickbats thrown by the political opposition but, on her own admission, her “lapse in judgment” related to the 2004 Presidential Election and other scandals and graft cases involving her appointees and even the First Gentleman and the First Son.” added Mr. Ebesate.

Mr. Ebesate further added that: “If we demand honesty and integrity among ordinary government employees how much more from the highest official of the land? We therefore call on our fellow public health workers, and government employees to join us in this call for Mrs. Arroyo to resign immediately in order to avoid further damage to the image of public institutions especially the Presidency.”

The picket-rally was also supported by the All U.P. Academic Employees Union, Manila Chapter, the ASAP Katipunan Student Party, the PGH Physicians’ Association, UMAGAP-PGH and the Utility Workers Association of PGH.

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