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23 June 2010 Letter to Midnight Appointees in Arts and Culture Sector

23 June 2010 Letter to Midnight Appointees in Arts and Culture Sector

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23 June 2010 letter from Pinoy Power to the midnight appointees of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the arts and culture sector
23 June 2010 letter from Pinoy Power to the midnight appointees of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the arts and culture sector

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Published by: J. O. M. Salazar on Jun 27, 2010
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Tayo ang Taumbayan, Tayo ang Pagbabago Inc

Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

23 June 2010 TO THE MIDNIGHT APPOINTEES OF OUTGOING PRESIDENT ARROYO NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dear Sirs/Mesdames: Together with the artists and cultural workers whom you have demeaned by accepting your illegal appointments, we at Pinoy Power demand your resignation. Your entry into the leadership of our major cultural institutions is without legal nor ethical basis. Mrs. Arroyo exercised autocratic presidential powers. You have colluded in her interpretation of leadership as impunity. In usurping the positions you disgracefully occupy now, you and your leader show extraordinary disdain for the decades of work to decentralize power in the art and culture field while striving for excellence. You are, we assume, aware of the spirit of the legal provisions against midnight appointments by an outgoing president. We will not insult you by reiterating what all decent Filipinos ought to know. This letter thus focuses instead on what may perhaps have escaped you about the field you have presumed to lead. The art and culture field of the Phiilppines is well known in our region and the world, since 1986, for its independent spirit, its autonomy from the interests of the powerful, and its decentralizing momentum. May we therefore point out that in accepting your appointments at the wrong hour, with no vetting system followed, and with apparently no concern for the consultative, democratic bias of many of our artists and cultural workers, you have all denigrated what is probably the most important character and achievement of this field. Please join us in signalling change at this point in our national history. There is a crying need to sustain our creativity as a people, and it does not help to have to endure massive demoralization from the sudden, arbitrary moves of the national leadership. Such a leadership (or concept of leadership) belongs to a past, unlamented era, when leaders assumed and exercised subjective, even capricious powers. This is no longer valid as a political and cultural perspective. In solidarity with the arts and culture sector, PINOY POWER BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ADVISORS, AND OFFICERS Fr Arnold Abelardo Bujon Apostol Gerry Esquivel Jim Paredes George Syliangco Dr Ruby Alcantara Steve Cua Leon Flores III Marian Pastor Roces Atty Ruben Tobias Mano Alcuaz Kay Bunagan Esther Pacheco JJ Soriano Drae Ybañez Paco Alcuaz Renan Dalisay Mae Paner Dr Ofelia Samar Sy Noel Tolentino

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