Asking a President to Resign and a Salary Raise
|Above copied from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers|
The president does need to respond to quite a number of missteps his administration has made. This president after all is the main driving force behind the new K+12 curriculum of the Department of Education. Thus, at a time of great frustration, ACT is also asking the president to resign. It is not at all clear at this point, whether such resignation would lead to meeting the current demands basic education in the Philippines desperately needs. The constitution prescribes that in the case of a vacancy of the presidency, the duly elected vice president shall become president. Unfortunately, the current vice president is likewise not in a good light. There are presently serious questions raised regarding the vice president's unexplained wealth. ACT and other organizations are therefore suggesting a "transitional council" to act as caretaker before the country chooses in an election a new president and vice president. The current constitution of the Philippines does not have such a provision.
What the country really needs now is responsibility. It is really irrelevant to basic education who currently leads the government. In fact, it is only the president who could and must respond as a true leader to the needs of the country. The president is duly elected and has enough time during the remaining period of his term to begin solving the problems the country faces. A change in leadership does not guarantee that the right steps are going to be taken. Only responsibility can. The solutions can be reached within the confines of law. The solutions to the problem Philippine basic education faces do not require extraconstitutional measures. It merely requires a president who takes responsibility and acts based on evidence and not on whims.
A sit-down strike for just salaries is perhaps justified but as a call for a president to resign, that is stretching too much.