La Salle mounts
campaign for national recovery
In view of the national crisis
brought about by the mounting controversies in Malacańang,
members of the De La Salle University System last week showed
a unified front as they called for the resignation of President
Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
The call by the Lasallian community was voiced by DLSU System
Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC in a forum titled “The Future of
the Philippines under the Estrada Presidency” held at M. Gaerlan
Conservatory last October 11.
October 23 - Feastday of Blessed Brother Arnold
Reche, FSC, Apostolic Ascetic
Brother Arnold once wrote: “I recommend
to all of my brothers and sisters that they
serve God faithfully. Granted, it is sometimes
difficult to resist evil and remain virtuous.
But with the grace of God that we obtain from
prayer we can do anything. All we have to
do is to will it.”
That was the secret of his life: he had willpower
as a child, he had willpower as a young man,
he would continue to have willpower as a religious
educator for the rest of his life.
(From the book, Brother Arnold Reche,
FSC by Luke Salm, FSC, published by Christian
Brothers Publications, 1986).
Students and faculty who attended
the forum listened to Professor Randy David of the University
of the Philippines discuss the various charges lodged against
the Estrada administration.
In his talk, David noted that the gravity of the charges against
the Philippine President would provide sufficient basis for
an impeachment case. “These accusations point not only to
a violation of the law, but also to a perceived moral failing
on the part of the highest official of the land, a betrayal
of public trust. No public official since Marcos has ever
been the object of such serious accusations,” David said.
However, the tedious and often stalled litigation process
in the country would hardly result in the impeachment of the
President, David pointed out. He underscored the power of
a concerted resignation pressure from various sectors.
“Let me say I am convinced that the schools and universities
must assume a big part of the job of sustaining momentum,”
During the forum, Economics Department Chair Dr. Winfred Villamin
delivered a talk on the economic implications of the jueteng
scandal while Yuchengco Center for East Asia President Dr.
Wilfido Villacorta discussed the political and social aspects
of the issue.
The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) and the Office
of the President sponsored the forum. Coinciding with the
forum was the drafting of a manifesto titled, A Call for Collective
Action, by members of the faculty and administration.
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