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Below is a statement drafted by a group of Ateneans on the current
situation.


If you wish to sign please e-mail Men Sta. Ana,
filomenoiii@yahoo.com


Please pass to other Ateneans.

STATEMENT
On 26 February 2008, a group of concerned alumni from
different batches met to discuss how the Ateneo
community can reach out to others and express
"communal action" amidst the deepening crisis, arising
from a series of scandals, the threat to the life of
Jun Lozada, and other iniquities. The sentiment is
that we, "men and women for others," have to be one
with our fellow Filipinos in resolving this profound
crisis. What unites is our resolve to fight for
truth, justice and accountability. The statement
titled Ateneans Act (Ateneans for Accountability and
Truth) serves as the basis of our unity and action.
This is an inclusive project. We hope this will serve
as an outlet for the Ateneo alumni to participate in
the search for truth, justice and accountability. [...]
The statement will be posted on an interactive
website, which will be created soon.
Please forward the statement to our classmates, fellow
alumni, sons and daughters, and other concerned
citizens.


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,

Mike Alba, AB 78
Fernando Aldaba, BS 80 <---- Kathy!! Si Fave prof mo! Hehe!
Al Alegre, HS 79, AB 83
Benjie Alimurung, AB 66
Lito Anzures, HS 66, Col 70
Nolo Avancena, HS 72
Felipe Buencamino, HS 66
Eddie Dorotan, HS, 73
Billy Esposo, HS 66
Ricky Jalbuena, HS 73 and BS 77
Bertie Lim, AB 70
Miguel Limjap, HS 72, AB 77
Ward Luarca, HS, 73
Leo Rialp, AB 68
Tony Romualdez, HS 72
Carlos Siguion Reyna: AB 79
Men Sta. Ana, HS 73
Skip Syling, HS 72, BS 76
Luis Unson, HS 72
[...]

Ateneans Act! (Ateneans for Accountability and Truth)

We, members of the Ateneo community, address this
statement to our Jesuit mentors, faculty members,
fellow alumni/ae and, most specially, our countrymen,
to express our resolve to live up to the ideals of our
beloved alma mater in serving country and people.
Formed to become men and women for others, alas, some
of our brothers and sisters who have held and/or are
still holding positions of influence in government and
private business have allowed themselves to become
tools of oppression and exploitation by those who only
choose to serve themselves. Indeed, some of these
fellow alumni/ae are themselves the initiators and
perpetrators of these iniquities.
Where fraternal conscientization and correction in
true Ignatian-Jesuit tradition should have "washed
away – not moderated – the spirit of greed" in the
hearts of these "vulture-ized" members of the "eagles'
nest,"
we, their brothers and sisters, can no longer
observe at the sidelines. It is time for us to take
action.
The nation suffers; institutions of democracy are as
carcasses savaged by such vulture greed.
Today we can only look back to Ateneo's storied,
nearly 150-year, past where a Dr. Jose Rizal once
attended its classrooms, imbibed valued lessons in the
humanities, thence epitomized genuine humanity by
living the life of a "man for others", and by it and
for it, dying a martyr for country and people. And we
feel proud and blessed by his heroism. Whereas today,
too, looking at present events, we, Ateneans, are
associated with an aberration of humanity called "Jose
Pidal"! And we are shamed by that name's ignominy!
LUX IN DOMINO: Light in the Lord. This is our school's
motto. We grant that some of our fellow Ateneans
holding office in government, according to their best
lights, continue to serve in the belief that the light
they hold might help mitigate the darkness cast by the
incorrigibly greedy few. Alas, wittingly or
unwittingly, their illumination merely acts as
sporadic blinding glare for others not yet aware of
the darkness that has swallowed the body politic.
Theirs is the glint of fool's gold.
To these we quote from Mt. 6:23: "If your eyes are
diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then,
if your light has become darkness, how dark will be
the darkest part of you!"
To these fellow Ateneans in government, particularly
in the executive branch which holds the helm of
governance, we implore you: HARK BACK TO YOUR ROOTS:
LUX IN DOMINO. Be one with us in humbly asking for the
forgiveness of our countrymen for letting them down
during their time of need – in these trying times when
many of you – and us – could have been instruments of
the Light, inspiring hope and serving our fellowmen…AD
MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM!
Therefore, by way of fraternal correction and
restitution for our collective acts of omission and
commission, we humbly ask you, fellow Ateneans who
continue to help prop up this administration that is
collapsing by the sheer weight of its iniquities, to
resign your posts and join the ranks of the majority
of our countrymen who are SEEKING TRUTH,
ACCOUNTABILITY, JUSTICE AND DECENCY in government.
RESIGN NOW AND BE THE LIGHT IN THE LORD!



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