Anakpawis: Akbayan ‘misrepresenting’ the marginalized
“WE strongly call on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify party-lists that misrepresent the marginalized,” said Anakpawis Partylist Vice Chairperson Fernando Hicap as the group joins Kontra-Daya, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and other progressive mass organizations and election watchdogs in a protest action at the Comelec to demand the disqualification of Akbayan Citizens Action Party.
“Several Akbayan officials are appointees to different government positions. They belong to Malacanang’s inner circle and considered as among President Benigno Aquino III’s favored few. They have no place in the party-list system. Akbayan and their personalities cannot continue deceiving and misrepresenting marginalized social sectors, particularly workers, farmers, urban poor and professionals. Akbayan must stop its political opportunism. Not in our name,” said Hicap.
The following government officials are affiliated with Akbayan: Ronald Llamas, presidential political affairs adviser, Loretta Rosales, Commission on Human Rights chairperson, Joel Rocamora, National Anti-Poverty Commission, and Percival Cendaña, National Youth Commission commissioner-at-large. Former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros is a senatorial candidate under the administration ticket.
“Akbayan is consciously representing the interests of landlords, capitalists and the ruling classes in the Philippine society. and Akbayan’s political record can speak for their stand point on crucial people’s issues. In 2008, despite the strong nationwide campaign of farmers’ groups against the bogus Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), Akbayan pushed and lobbied for the extension of CARP – resulting to the enactment of CARPER which paved the way for the worsened situation of landlessness, land grabbing and exploitation of poor farmers across the country. Akbayan posed to oppose labor contractualization but allowed the Palace-backed outsourcing program at Philippine Airlines (PAL) that retrenched thousands of workers. Now, the Aquino government wants to squander the multibillion coco levy funds through the Presidential Task Force on the Coco Levy Fund headed by NAPC’s Rocamora,” Hicap said.
“As far as we are concerned, Akbayan committed major crimes against millions of marginalized that it claims to represent,” said Hicap, also the chairperson of militant small fisher folk group Pamalakaya.