Group urges Akbayan officials holding gov’t posts to resign

THE  fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday dared Akbayan officers currently holding various posts in the Aquino government to resign from their respective posts to avoid conflict of interest and prevent the party list group from using state resources for the group’s campaign in next year elections.

In a statement, Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said Akbayan officials like Ronald Llamas , political affairs adviser,  Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Etta Rosales, Joel Rocamora, chair of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), former Akbayan Rep. Mario Agujo, now member of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Board of Trustees and former Akbayan chair Percival Cendena, now commissioner at large of the National Youth Commission to resign from their currrent posts.

France also urged Akbayan’s second nominee Barry Gutierrez to resign as Palace undersecretary for political affairs, and Akbayan’s third nominee Angelina Ludovice-Katoh, who serves as commissioner of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor.

“If these Akbayan hooligans have some little decency left, they would voluntarily leave their government posts. And this is tough task to follow given the extreme fetish of Akbayan for juicy government positions. As of now, Akbayan in is cloud nine, enjoying any moment of its current status as political party in power rubber elbows with Jurassic traditional political parties like Liberal Party and the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), “the Pamalakaya official added.

Pamalakaya said it is puzzled why Malacanang and Comelec has never recognize the fact Akbayan officers and members are currently holding various government positions including cabinet-level positions that show that the party list group is not marginalized but a party in power sharing the limelight with traditional political groups like Liberal Party and those in the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

“To set the record straight, Akbayan is part of the unholy alliance of LP and UNA and many of Akbayan stalwarts are currently holding juicy positions in the Aquino government as a political gratitude for supporting Aquino in the 2010 presidential elections,” said Pamalakaya.

The militant group assailed Akbayan party list Rep. Walden Bello for reducing the legal, moral and politically correct call for Comelec to disqualify Akbayan to mere ‘ideological partisan reasons and mere jealousy”.

“Bello is obscuring the truth. To be brutally frank here, Akbayan has never said anything against the unbridled increases in the prices of petroleum products not this Palace-backed party list never oppose and rise above the occasion to defend the urban poor being uprooted from their communities and remain silent on the just demand of workers for decent wages and farmers’ call for free land distribution,” said Pamalakaya.

“Akbayan is the junior partner of Malacanang in deceiving the people. That’s the long running record of this party list. Rep. Bello is a triple platinum liar,” added Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya, meanwhile, urged other qualified party list groups to question the participation of Akbayan in the May 2013 elections. “We should explore other venues aside from Comelec.  The decision of Comelec allowing this highly questionable party list to run in 2013 elections is a gross political prostitution and triple platinum mockery of the party list system,” the group said.

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