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Date: September 26, 2021Posted by: Marionette Martinez

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… a time to weep, and a time to laugh… a time to keep silence, and a time to speak…” Ecclesiates 3

We, the St. Paul University Manila community—St. Paul Sisters, lay administrators and staff, senior high school and college students, alumni and parents—have come to realize that the time to speak is NOW.

It is time to raise our voices as one against the culture of corruption that has engulfed our hapless country and laid waste its God-given human and natural resources; against our leaders’ conscious forgetfulness of the obligation to look after the welfare of everyone, but especially of those who do not have the capacity to help and defend themselves; against the cloak of apathy with which the vast majority blind themselves to the breakdown and decay of common decency and now uncommon moral values.

The time to speak is NOW. Lest we fail in our mission to bring the Good News to our neighbors. Lest we deceive ourselves into thinking that this is a reality that we just have to accept because there is nothing we can do. Lest we rob our children and grandchildren of a future with a just and compassionate society, a dynamic and caring Church, a moral and incorruptible government.

The time to speak is NOW. It is time to voice our admiration for the Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University for leading the initiative to awaken a society that is pretending to be asleep. It is time to rally behind Ateneo alumnus, Senator Dick Gordon, for being fearless and steadfast in his search for the truth. It is time for St. Paul Manila to acknowledge his wife, Kate, incidentally a Paulinian, who gives truth to the saying that behind every good man is a good woman.

The time to speak is NOW. In 1975, a young man from the University of the Philippines, Abraham Sarmiento Jr., challenged our people: Kung di tayo kikibo, sino ang kikibo? Kung di tayo kikilos, sino ang kikilos? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?

The time to speak is NOW.