'Ano ang silbi ng wika kung patay na ang mga tao?': Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino official quits, again


Posted at Jul 13 2020 12:46 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2020 04:45 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) — For the third time, screenwriter Jerry Gracio filed his resignation from his post as commissioner of the Samar-Leyte languages at the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, saying he can no longer "serve a fascist government."

Gracio, also a writer at ABS-CBN, made public on Monday his July 11 resignation letter, addressed to President Rodrigo Duterte and coursed through KWF's officer-in-charge Arthur Casanova.

"Umaasa sa inyong mabilis na pagtugon sa liham na ito," he wrote.

(Hoping for your prompt reply to this letter.)

In his letter, Gracio said he first quit when Duterte assumed the presidency, and then on Jan. 10 this year.

"Napipilitan na lamang akong gampanan ang tungkulin dahil wala kayong itinatalagang kapalit ko," said Gracio, who was appointed to the post in 2013.

(I am only forced to assume the role since you are not appointing a replacement.)

Gracio said as a writer, he cannot serve an administration that does not value human rights and free speech.

"Kay aananuhon pa man an mga yakan, an mga pulong kun patay na ang mga tawo? - Ano ang silbi ng wika kung patay na ang mga tao?" his letter reads.

(What are words for if the people are dead?)

The KWF is the official regulating body of the Filipino language.

Lat week, Rhodora Bucoy and Noreen Capili also resigned from their posts as chairperson and commissioner for media and arts, respectively, at the Philippine Commission on Women.

Capili, who called for the renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise, said she could not continue her work as a representative for media when the sector was being "attacked and treated unfairly."

Voting 70-11, the House panel on Friday denied ABS-CBN a fresh license to operate, a move seen by some sectors as curtailment of press freedom and endangering the livelihood of some 11,000 workers.