Schools Stress Need to Determine Truth, Resolve Crisis Quickly
Byline: SHIANEE MAMANGLU
Another premier Catholic university pledged yesterday its support to the countrys quest for truth over the controversies hounding the government and supported the call for the creation of a Truth Commission by nonpartisan sectors.
The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas (UST), in a statement, said the crisis faced by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her family needs to be resolved quickly and effectively because the nation is already divided.
The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) expressed its neutrality over the controversies hounding the legitimacy of the presidency and the scandals involving President Arroyos immediate family and the administration.
Bienvenido Nebres, ADMU president, said they are working with the church to discern the paths that will lead to resolving the nations crisis.
Earlier, De La Salle University (DLSU) President Bro. Armin Illustre declared its stance supporting the call for resignation of the president.
Philippine Normal University (PNU) President Dr. Nilo Rosas issued a disclaimer on a reported statement supporting a call for the President to resign. The official said that the statement issued by PNU Aware does not reflect the pulse of the entire university.
"This is a free country and they have every right to do that. But we did not issue the statement. It came from some segments of the university," he said.
The PNU is a member of the Philippine Association of Schools, Universities, and Colleges (PASUC) which has expressed its support for the administration and leadership of President Arroyo.
On Thursday morning, July 7, the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP) will convene with various sectors to thresh out their stand on the tape controversy. In the evening, the UST will hold a Mass for Peace, Unity, and Truth.
In its statement yesterday, the UST said:
"The controversies hounding the very legitimacy of the presidency and other political scandals come at a very sensitive moment when the nation is being besieged by the high regime of world oil prices and other economic woes. The nation does not need the political crises to aggravate the poverty of the general majority of the people.
"The nation will continue to hemorrhage, probably beyond reparation, if we are not to act swiftly. …