Thursday, September 10, 2009

Militant teachers condemn CCP’s Imelda tribute

According to Andreo C. Calonzo of GMANews. TV. The Members of a militant teachers’ organization criticized on Wednesday the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)’s planned gala tribute for former First Lady Imelda Marcos, saying it is an “utter disrespect" for the Filipino people.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) vowed to stage a protest rally on Friday during the invitational gala event in honor of Marcos, the founding chairperson of the CCP.

“The CCP’s decision to pay tribute to Marcos as part of (its) 40th anniversary celebration shows utter disrespect for the Filipino people, who are all victims of Martial Law," ACT national chairperson Antonio Tinio said.

Marcos is the wife of late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who placed the country under Martial Law during his presidency on Sept. 21, 1972.

Tinio questioned the CCP’s decision to hold “Seven Arts, One Imelda," a gala tribute to Mrs. Marcos on September 11, the birth anniversary of the late dictator.

Tinio also criticized the CCP for using government funds to honor Mrs. Marcos, who is currently facing 10 graft charges on allegations that she held financial interests in secret foundations and private enterprises during her husband’s term.

“Why is this government using public funds and mobilizing resources to honor the surviving member of the conjugal dictatorship that robbed the Filipino people of their democratic rights and stands accused of plundering billions from the public treasury?" he said.

GMANews.TV tried to contact officials of the CCP to get their side, but personnel from the CCP’s public relations division said the artistic director in-charge of the event was unavailable for comments until Thursday afternoon.

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