November 17, 2011
ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio today urged the Arroyo camp to wait for the upcoming oral arguments at the Supreme Court next week in order to shed light on all the controversies swarming them.
“Representative Gloria Arroyo should just wait until after the oral arguments at the Supreme Court rather than make another attempt to leave, considering that her medical condition is not life-threatening,” stressed Tinio.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona also previously stated that during his last hospital visit, Rep. Arroyo showed signs of recuperation. In addition, the Philippine Medical Association had earlier declared there is no need for Rep. Arroyo to go abroad to seek medical treatment, as the country is equipped with the needed technology and medical experts to attend her medical condition.
Tinio mentioned that avoiding another forced confrontation at the airport could probably do wonders for her recovery. “Rep. Arroyo should just sit back and relax so as to prepare herself for the coming oral arguments,” he said.
“Also, the special en banc session of the SC set tomorrow morning shall include the discussion of a motion to set the oral arguments earlier than the original schedule which will be on November 22,” said the ACT Teachers solon. “So there is no need to rush things in the part of the Arroyos; it’s only four days from now, or even less,” ended Tinio.#
ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Julie Anne D. Tapit, Media Officer (0915-762-6522)
November 16, 2011
A party-list lawmaker today expressed suspicions on the Arroyo couple’s primary reason for leaving the country after the latter’s insistent and “dramatic” attempt to immediately leave Philippines last night and also in the light that they will also try to leave again today.
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio said that seeing the Arroyo couple really itching to get out of the country casts an indispensable doubt that seeking medical treatment is their primary reason for leaving. “The Supreme Court may have allowed them to leave by issuing a Temporary Restraining Order favoring her [Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo], but we must remember that the SC justices who favored it were her appointees,” said Tinio.
“But the bigger and more important issue here is justice and accountability. Arroyo must not leave the country so she could answer all the allegations hurled against her,” emphasized Tinio.
Tinio pointed out that our nation will be in absolute chaos if the likes of former President Arroyo will be allowed to escape. “Is this what we want our children to learn? To plunder the nation’s coffers, enter anomalous deals, have your critics silenced and when you are being asked to account for your sins, you feign illness and try to escape? Our nation is in deep trouble if this practice persists,” warned Tinio.
“We also find it hypocritical of the Arroyo camp to argue about their rights being violated, when in fact, former President Arroyo’s administration had been tainted with an overwhelming number of human rights violations,” slammed Tinio.
On the other hand, the ACT Teachers solon also stressed that the Aquino administration has become sluggish and “sleeping” on its duty to file cases against Rep. Arroyo. “This scenario could have been prevented if the concerned agencies did their job and that is, to file cases against the Arroyos, in the earliest possible time,” said Tinio.
Tinio urged the Aquino administration to immediately file necessary cases against the Arroyos. “President Aquino, through the concerned agencies, should have done this long time ago. Pres. Aquino should prove his ‘matuwid na daan’ maxim—and that is by upholding justice and accountability,” ended Tinio.#
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Mensahe ng Pagpaparangal kay Prop. Jocelyn “Jo” Bisuña
Nobyembre 11, 2011
Isang mataas na pagpupugay ang ipinaaabot ng kilusang guro sa pagpanaw ng ating mahal na kasamang Prop. Jocelyn Bisuna, o “Jo” sa kanyang mga naiwang pamilya, kaibigan, at mga kasama sa pakikibaka. Hindi matatawaran ang mga naiambag ni Jocelyn para sa kagalingan at interes hindi lamang ng sektor na kanyang kinabibilangan—ang sektor ng kaguruan—kundi ng buong sambayanan.
Sa mahabang panahon ng pagiging isang militanteng Guro ng Bayan, naging isa sa mga susing tagapagtatag ng Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) at Bicol Concerned Teachers Alliance si Ma’am Jo.
Iniluwal ng kanyang magiting na pagsusulong ng mga karapatan ng mga guro ang La Consolacion College Employees Union noong dekada ’90. Mahigpit rin ang pagtalima niya sa maka-masang edukasyon. Katuwang ang iba pang propesyunal sa Bikol, itinatag niya ang Dunong Bikol Center, isang alternative learning school sa rehiyon.
Mahalaga ang kanyang naging papel sa matagumpay na pagpapatalsik ng mga repormistang lider sa ACT at muling pagpapatibay nito sa oryentasyong militante, progresibo at makabayan sa ika-9 na Kongreso noong 1995.
Isa ring kinikilalang manunulat at manggagawang pangkultura (performance artist) si Ma’am Jo. Dahil sa kanyang kahusayan sa larangan ng kultura, regular siyang naiimbitahan bilang panelist sa samu’t saring worksyap sa malikhaing pagsulat. Isa rin siya sa mga tagapagtatag ng Kaboronyogan Bicol Cultural Network, isang progresibong alyansa ng mga artista sa kanyang rehiyon na nagsusulong ng makabayan at maka-mamamayang kultura.
Taong 2008 nang matuklasan na siya ay mayroong breast cancer, subalit hindi naging dahilan ito upang siya’y panghinaan ng kanyang diwang makabayan. Nang sumunod na taon, makasaysayan ang naging paglahok ni Ma’am Jo bilang tagapagsalita ng malaking pagkilos ng mga mamamayan sa Kabikulan na tinawag na “BAN Balikatan” (Bicol Alliance for Nationalism against Balikatan)—ang tinaguriang ‘pakikidigmang Kano sa Bikol’—laban sa balikatan exercises sa rehiyon. Naging tagapagsalita si Jocelyn ng halos 20,000 Bikolanong nagprotesta laban sa Balikatan. Matapang niyang ibinulgar ang tunay na pakay ng mga sundalong Kano sa ating bansa—at yaon ang pagtitiyak ng estratehikong interes pampulitika at pangmilitar ng Estados Unidos sa kapuluan.
Mainit ang suporta ng buong rehiyon sa samu’t saring adbokasiya ni Ma’am Jo, kaya naman noong magpasyang lumahok sa parlyamento ang kilusang guro ay hinirang siya bilang 3rd nominee ng ACT Teachers Party-List, bitbit ang maka-mamamayang slogan na, “Tunay na Tinig ng Teachers,” sa kauna-unahang paglahok nito sa halalang 2010.
Taas-kamaong nagpupugay ang ACT at ACT Teachers Party-List para kay Ma’am Jo—makabayang guro, aktibista at artista ng bayan. Hindi-malilimutang ehemplo si Ma’am Jo ng isang rebolusyonaryong hindi hinayaang magupo ng pisikal na karamdaman ang kanyang diwang makabayan. Isang hamon para sa ating lahat na ipagpatuloy ang kanyang pakikibaka.
Tuloy ang Laban!#
Reaction of ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio on Malacanang’s decision allowing Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to seek medical treatment abroad:
“President Aquino should not allow Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA) to travel. The very itinerary that she has submitted, which will take her through Singapore, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States in a month-long trip casts a doubt on her alleged purpose of seeking medical treatment. While we respect her right to seek life-saving medical treatment abroad, this has to be balanced with our ongoing quest for justice and accountability. Is there really an urgent medical necessity if she appears to be fit enough to go on a virtual round-the-world tour? Such a schedule would be taxing even for a healthy person. Perhaps GMA is not being entirely transparent about the purpose of this trip. Given the implausible nature of her request and the gravity of the charges against her, Malacanang would do well to deny it.”#