Statement of ATIN coalition PDF Print E-mail
Written by Partido Lakas ng Masa   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:32

“Itinuturo ng katuwiran, na wala tayong iba pang maaantay kundi lalu’t lalung kahirapan, lalu’t
lalung kataksilan, lalu’t lalung kaalipustaan at lalu’t lalung kaalipinan.  Itinuturo ng katuwiran, na
huwag nating sayangin ang panahon sa pag-asa sa ipinangakong kaginhawahan na hindi darating at
hindi mangyayari. Itinuturo ng katuwiran ang tayo’y umasa sa ating sarili at huwag antayin sa iba
ang ating kabuhayan. Itinuturo ng katuwiran ang tayo’y magkaisang-loob magkaisang-isip at akala
at ng tayo’y magkalakas na maihanap ang naghaharing kasamaan sa ating Bayan.

Panahon na ngayong dapat na lumitaw ang liwanag ng katotohanan; panahon ng dapat nating
ipakilala na tayo’y may sariling pagdaramdam, may puri, may hiya at pagdadamayan.  Ngayon panahon
ng dapat simulan ang pagsisiwalat ng mga mahal at dakilang aral na magwawasak sa masinsing
tabing na bumubulag sa ating kaisipan; panahon na ngayong dapat makilala ng mga [Pilipino] ang
pinagbuhatan ng kanilang mga kahirapan.  Araw na itong dapat kilalanin na sa bawat isang hakbang
natin ay tumutuntong tayo at nabibingit sa malalim na hukay ng kamatayan na sa ati’y inuumang ng
mga kaaway.
Kaya! … mga kababayan! ating idilat ang bulag na kaisipan at kusang igugol sa kagalingan ang
ating lakas sa tunay at lubos na pag-asa na magtagumpay sa nilalayong kaginhawahan ng bayang

-- Andres Bonifacio, “Ang Dapat Mabatid…”, Marso 1896


There can be no other more fitting words to express our disgust, frustrations and protestations at the
present state of governance in our country.  There are no words to describe the utter failure of supposed
democratic institutions which our heroic people have painstakingly built and established with their blood,
sweat and labor.  Billions of pesos plundered without shame, national patrimony and sovereignty stripped
bare and raped in broad daylight, social rehabilitation in devastated areas in southern Philippines stalled in
boardrooms of delays, foot-dragging, callous bureaucratic procedures, and simple inefficiency and
incompetence.  Monopolies and cronies walking the corridors of the Palace extracting deals and contracts
to favor those in the inner circles of power.


What has happened?  What is happening to our beloved country?


More than 118 years ago, the great revolutionary leader of the Filipino working masses, Andres Bonifacio,
in his exhortation to the Filipino people to rise up in arms against colonial rule, had uttered a similar plea to
the budding Filipino nation.  The only difference is that we continue to elect leaders masquerading as
public servants, but who are in reality, bunch of criminals, crooks, thieves, plunderers, members of
dynastic political families, the ruling elite who have squandered decades of opportunities for social progress
and national development, and instead delivered our country into the quagmire of underdevelopment,
massive unemployment and poverty, social inequality and conflicts.
Occupants of Malacañang and both Houses of Congress, all elected public officials have miserably failed
the Filipino people.  This is not simply a failure of leadership.  This is a failure of institutions.  A failure of
From at least three lists now being circulated and mentioned in news reports on the pork barrel scam,
more than half of the current members of the Philippine Senate have been implicated, including as well
several members of the Aquino cabinet, most especially the Budget Secretary who issues release orders for
these lump sum appropriations, and members of the House of Representatives, past and present.  Clearly,
the once august halls of Philippine Congress is more and more tainted with the slime of corruption,
thievery, dishonesty, and utter lack of integrity.  It is no longer misconduct committed in dark alleys.
It is misconduct publicly, boastfully and daringly committed with full authority and impunity.
We declare the Senate an inutile institution, a white elephant with no more value and yet remains a burden
to the nation.  We declare the Senate a malfunctioning institution that needs to be overhauled.  We declare
the Senate no more.
In the spirit of nationalism, integrity and truth, in the interest of the nation, we demand all named in the
pork barrel plunder to resign – Senators, Congressmen, Cabinet members.  Vacate your office and let the
people decide on your replacements.
Do we still have hopes for our country?
We do.
Well-meaning individuals, social movements and political organizations of the marginalized sectors,
particularly the workers and the poor, have banded together to form an alternative.  We claim no
messianic visions nor miraculous powers.  We do not possess wealth beyond our means.  We have
for so long idled as fence-sitters refusing to take part and take sides in an electoral and political system
that is fraudulent and rotten, and ruled by money, warlords and political families.  But now we offer an
alternative for we refuse to take all these sitting down any longer.  We offer ourselves as an alternative
that is based on truth and integrity and inspired by genuine nationalist love of country and people.  We have
formed the Alliance for Truth, Integrity and Nationalism to challenge the ruling parties of the elite, the
political dynasties and the corrupt.
Indeed, Andres Bonfacio thought these should be known to the people.  “Ang Dapat Mabatid…”
The people should know.  And we will make the rounds to all communities, churches, factories, schools
and offices, to tell the people it is time that they, once again, reclaim their sovereign will as enshrined in
our Constitution.  The people would know better, and we shall let the people’s will be done.  It is our
time to call on our people to action!  It is time to take back what is ours, ATIN ito!


Alliance for Truth, Integrity and Nationalism

Club Filipino

May 16, 2014

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