Friday 8 September 2017

Left to pull out from alliance with Duterte administration?

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Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says he is considering cutting alliances with the Duterte administration.

"We are now inclined to recommend at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of Makabayan next week to pull out from the alliance with the Duterte administration," the representative said. *
Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate (photo credit to owner)

Zarate explained President Rodrigo Duterte torpedoed the alliance with the Left with his anti-people, pro-imperialist, and fascist policies and actions.

Zarate said these policies include the end of peace talks and the all-out war of the Armed Forces of the Philippines against the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army, the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, extra-judicial killings, and the President reneging on his promise to release and grant amnesty to all political prisoners.

He said, "Sa ngayon, practically yung peace talks wala nang nangyayari save for a bad termination as stated on the joint agreement on safety and immunity guarantees na kailangan merong formal na written termination, yun na lang kulang, practically wala na nanagyayri na usapan."

"President Duterte should be held accountable for his unfulfilled promises and gross violations of human rights and further impoverishing the people. The people demands a stop to all vicious attacks and will continue to press for meaningful change," said Zarate.

It could be recalled that three major cabinet positions are once filled with true blue affiliations with the left.

Former Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Secretary Taguiwalo, whose appointment was recently rejected by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA)  which is mandated by the 1987 Constitution to which is mandated to screen appointments to the Cabinet, diplomatic posts and promotions to higher military ranks.

The others are Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and National Anti-Poverty Commission Lead Convenor Liza Maza.

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