MANILA, Philippines – Anakbayan today slammed Duterte’s interference in the battle royale for the Speakership of the House of Representatives. Duterte has mandated that Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano will be the Speaker for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress, while Rep. Lord Allan Velasco to assume the post for the final 21 months until 2022.

“This interference of Malacanang and the willingness of Congress to accept Duterte’s terms demonstrate how the 18th Congress will be nothing but a rubberstamp Congress wholly led by Duterte, violating the separation of powers and checks and balances,” said Alex Danday, Anakbayan national spokesperson.

“Malinaw ang intensyon ni Duterte–himasin ang ulo ng mga alyado sa lehislatura upang bigyang kasiyahan ang nagkukunwang magkakaibang panig na tumatakbo para sa speakership.” (Duterte’s intention is clear–to pat the heads of his allies within the legislature to please dummy opposing sides vying for the speakership.)

“Ngayon pa lang, narinig na natin na ang pangunahing agenda ni Alan Cayetano ay ang isalaksak ang charter change at pederalismo sa lalamunan ng taumbayan,” (We have now heard that Cayetano’s primary agenda is to shove charter change and federalism down the people’s throats) she continued.

The youth leader added that under the 18th Congress, Charter Change and Federalism would merely be the tip of the iceberg.

“Simula pa lang ang Cha-Cha at Pederalismo. Inaasahan nating sunod-sunod nang ipapasa ng tutang Kongreso ang mga kontra-mamamayang polisiya tulad ng MACR at Mandatory ROTC; TRAIN Law 2; ang Human Security Act; death penalty; SIM card registration; at iba pa,” said Danday. “Hindi titigil ang mga alipores ni Duterte, at lalaspagin ang sambayanang Pilipino sa ilalim ng mga kontra-mamamayang batas na magpapalawak ng pasismo at magpapatindi ng kahirapan.” (Duterte’s cohorts will not stop, they will leave the Filipino people battered and sore under these new anti-people policies, resulting in further fascism and poverty).

“Tiyak gagamitin nila ang kawalan ng malakas na oposisyon upang sama-samang dambungin ang kaban ng bayan at tuluyang ibenta ang lupa, tubig, at yaman ng Pilipinas sa mga dayuhang imperyalista at mga dambuhalang korporasyon,” concludes Danday. “Sa ilalim ng isang Kongresong sunud-sunuran kay Duterte, walang ibang aasahan ang mamamayan kundi ang sama-samang pagkilos upang bantayan at panagutin ang mga opisyal ng gubyerno–higt lalo ang pasistang pangulo.”

Reference:
Alex Danday, Anakbayan Spokesperson | 09396181651
Al Omaga, Anakbayan Media Liaison | 09062856720