Casiño on UNA’s ‘new opposition’: ‘Hindi sila oposisyon, pumupusisyon lang’
MAKABAYAN senatorial bet Teddy Casino today chided the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) for claiming to be the opposition when in fact, they are fully supportive of the ruling administration’s policies and programs.
“Hindi sila oposisyon, pumupusisyon lang para sa totoong laban nila sa 2016,” said Casiño, who is running under the progressive Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan.
“The problem with the 2013 elections is that the two major political coalitions are all pro-administration. There are no substantial differences with regards to their programs and platforms. Lahat sila pabor sa public-private partnerships, conditional cash transfers (CCT), dagdag na buwis, pekeng agrarian reform program, at trade and investment liberalization program ng administrasyon,” he explained.
“Ang tunay na oposisyon ay ang mga hindi pabor sa mga kontra-mamamayang patakaran ng gobyerno. Yung mga nagsisikap na baguhin ang maling sistema ng pulitika at ekonomiya ng bansa,” he said.
Casiño wants the value added tax on power, water and oil removed or reduced. He is also calling for the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law and the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) as well as a stop to the privatization of public hospitals, water districts and other public utilities.
He is also pushing for the realignment of CCT funds to basic services like education as well as augment the budgets of public hospitals, rural health units and school-based nutrition programs.