Statement on extra judicial killings.
We have seen in the past six weeks a laser-like focus on the need to rid the country of the scourge of drug addiction. We know the pernicious effect of drugs – on the individual, on the family, on the community and on the country as a whole. It breaks my heart to see how tragic are the lives of those who use chemicals to numb themselves against their inner pain or to hide within their fears. Historically we know that it is close to impossible to eradicate this problem but we all must do what we can to bring it under control where the pushers are brought to justice and the users are given a path to wellness. The question is – how? Violence or Non-violence?
At Assumption College San Lorenzo, we are deeply disturbed by the summary killings of alleged drug pushers and users, often in areas where the poor and underprivileged live. The high numbers (over 500 deaths to date) suggest that our law enforcers may be taking the law into their hands, instead of arresting them and bringing them to court for due processing. If we want to maintain our democracy we cannot allow ourselves to fall into a military state. We espouse the path of non-violence.
Therefore, we cannot merely stand by and feel agrieved. We need to speak. We are against controlling society with guns. Yes, we need to bring drug lords to justice and we also need to clean up our courts so that the guilty cannot buy their way out. In this area we only have a voice. However, there is a space where we, teachers, can do more. The root of drug addiction is a lack of meaning in life. The answer to drug addiction is education. It is the non-violent route but it is a slow process. It takes time and consistency so we sometimes become impatient. Still, it is the best solution.
Our school upholds an inner respect for the law. As teachers, we demonstrate how we can take a personal stand against injustice; show the way to a deep compassion for the most vulnerable; and encourage empathy not only for those who are trapped by their addiction but also for the pushers who are captured by the money they make on other people’s tragedy. We do not believe that there are two camps: the good and the bad. We do not put ourselves above anyone else. We believe that we are one in God and we are responsible for each other. God became one of us in Christ who showed us a path of non-violence – to that we commit ourselves.
Dr. Carmen Lourdes Valdés
President, Assumption College
San Lorenzo Village, Makati
Dr. Angela Fabiola Regala officially took her Oath as the 10th President of Assumption College during her Investiture Ceremony held last August 26, 2020. At the momentous event, this was speech she gave.
A personal message from former president Dr. Carmen Valdes | Today, May 31, 2020, is the last day of my term as president of Assumption College San Lorenzo. It has been my honor and privilege to have served you in the best way I knew how.
Editorial statement on former President Ferdinand Marcos’ ‘Hero Burial’ | I believe that every person no matter what they have or have not done in their lives deserves respect even in death. However, to be buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani affirms that those buried there were indeed heroes. And there’s the rub.
An article from peopleasia.ph | “People always say that I’m outside the box. I’m very innovative, I’m very creative, I want to move things forward, I want to break the walls of Assumption, I want to be much more holistic … Let’s put it this way; I want to embrace and expand what Assumption San Lorenzo does,” Pinky shares.
An article from lifestyle.inquirer.net | Dr. Carmen Lourdes “Pinky’ Valdes, a former nun, is AC’s ninth president and the first lay leader to steer the nearly 60-year-old education institution known for producing alumnae who blaze trails in government service, the arts and business.
Published on opinion.inquirer.net by Rina Jimenez-David | The “Parliament of the Streets,” the series of protests, marches, organizing meetings, symposia, even fashion shows, concerts and comedy acts that marked the post-Ninoy Aquino assassination period, will always be remembered as the political “coming out” of the Filipino middle class.
Featured at Philippine Daily Inquirer (World Section) | Assumption College’s new president, Dr. Carmen “Pinky” Valdes, wants to lead the youth by understanding their language and deconstructing their link to social media.
Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Burial of Former President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
Judgment is not the intent here, but simply to ask for respect for the historical facts and the will of the Filipino People clearly demonstrated in the People Power Revolution of 1986.
St. Marie Eugenie, our foundress, grew up in a revolutionary society very similar to ours. She was convinced that only education can bring people to transform themselves and society.
Feature at People Asia | All her life, Pinky has had a unique way of looking at the world. “I believe life is much better than people think,” she explains. “I always like to look at the whole picture because you’ll see that there is more positive than negative.”
As we mourn the deaeth of Kian, we mourn with cries for due process and justice in our country. In the face of such injustice, we join our voices with our colleagues in many academic institutions who stand by the truth: “we are our brother’s keeper.”
To students I say: be a “Horatio” for each other. See the nobility in the heart of your classmate and in your teachers and parents, too. To teachers I say, it is our call to see beyond the “shell” of fear and confusion in our students; and with tenderness, nurture the nobility in every student’s heart.
We, as a school, are dedicated to the developmenet of the young – we should always speak and stand for the rights of the children and pre-teens. Be their voice wherever you are.
Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip. “Take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth; the second is Goodness, and the third is Usefulness.”
On my way out, after I received his gift, I was ready to step out already when he held my arm and said, “Wait. Please let me give you a special blessing. I want you to know I am with you as you face trials in your ministry in your diocese.”
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