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A Reaction to Sanggunian Resolution No. 20091103

In Elections, Politics, Youth on November 22, 2009 at 4:07 am

by Rosselle Tugade

Note: The resolution in its full content can be accessed via Sanggu President Gio Tingson’s Facebook page.

With the release of Resolution No. 20091103, the possession of the assaulting spirit of totalitarianism upon the Ateneo Sanggunian has come into full circle.

The Sanggunian’s latest directive that calls for the resignation of unregistered officers reeks heavily of the illusory images imposed by Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia upon its people back then: that the power of the individual to fabricate change out of a vacuum through singular acts as per established procedures is the pinnacle of political participation. This, in turn, necessitates the disavowal of a critical awareness of what genuine struggles for justice and freedom truly demands. To put it simply, it seems that the Sanggunian has severely fallen out of touch with the understanding that the deep political crises of our time requires consistent and chronic engagement outside the self-gratifying and solitary act of voting in the upcoming elections.
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A CRITICAL ANNOTATION OF Resolution No. 20091103 of the Sanggunian

In Elections, Politics on November 22, 2009 at 2:19 am
by Hansley A. Juliano


A brief review of the resolution, its totalitarian (therefore anti-democratic) nature and why it is not a just mode of action to express citizenship

The Sanggunian ng mga Mag-Aaral ng Pamantasang Ateneo de Manila has recently released Resolution No. 20091103 which purportedly calls “ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE SANGGUNIAN NG MGA MAG-AARAL TO INTROSPECT ON INSTITUTIONAL COMMITMENTS FOR THE 2010 NATIONAL ELECTIONS.” At face value it would appear as a manifesto to uphold democratic participation, but a closer look would show that it is a quite problematic, even immature, statement of the Atenean’s perception regarding political participation. We quote in length from the manifesto: Read the rest of this entry »