Will Bayan still hold rallies vs gov't?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2016 06:33 PM

MANILA - Members of the Left will not back down on their protests against government just because at least two leftists have been appointed to the incoming Cabinet of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

"Sa ganitong kalagayan, magra-rally pa ba ang Kaliwa? Maikling sagot, oo naman," said Renato Reyes Jr., secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), in a blog post Wednesday.

"Marami pang problema ang mangangailangan ng sama-samang pagkilos. Hindi naman nalutas ang lahat ng problema ng bansa dahil lamang may bagong gobyerno. At hindi naman ang pag-upo sa gabinete ang katapusan ng ating gawain. Hindi cabinet appointment, kundi panlipunang pagbabago, ang ipinaglalaban natin," Reyes added.

Duterte on Tuesday formally introduced to the public the members of his Cabinet, which included two names nominated by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Former Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano was given the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) portfolio, one of the positions the president-elect offered to the Reds as part of a more inclusive governance.

Anakpawis is the electoral wing of two Leftist organizations: trade union movement Kilusang Mayo Uno and the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas.

Meanwhile, Judy Taguiwalo, a known activist during the martial law days, is going to be the next secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Taguiwalo currently serves as a full professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Social Work and Community Development.

Silvestre Bello III, chief government negotiator for the NDF peace talks, was also endorsed by the left for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) portfolio. 

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Reyes, however, admitted that they will not hold rallies against Duterte's administration for now, saying there is "no reason" yet to do so.

He added that they will try to settle differences through dialogues first.

"Pero kung ang tanong ay 'magra-rally na ba kayo laban kay Duterte?', ang sagot diyan ay 'hindi pa sa kagyat, wala pang dahilan'. Hindi dahil sangayon tayo sa lahat ng kanyang pahayag at lahat ng kanyang appointments. May pagkakaiba pa rin sa pananaw. Pero ang mga pagkakaiba ng pagtingin ay sisikapin idaan sa pag-uusap. Maaaring may ilang pagbatikos pero hindi naman antagonostiko ito. Tiyak na may pagtutunggali pero meron ding pagtitimpi. Sisikapin nating makitungo sa susunod na adminsitrasyon sa batayan ng kung ano ang makakabuti sa bayan," he said.

But he also stressed that they they will remain vigilant of the president-elect's planned programs and reforms.

"Pero hindi rin naman tayo mangingimi na makitunggali sa nakikita nating mga kamalian. Mananatili tayong mapagbantay. Karapatan at tungkulin ito ng mamamayan," he said.

"Syempre, may mga protesta pa rin laban sa mga pwersa at interes na kontra sa reporma't pagbabago... Ang kaibahan lang ngayon, may ilang mga kakampi tayo sa gobyerno na katuwang sa pagsusulong ng panlipunang pagbabago at paglilingkod sa sambayanan. Buo ang ating suporta sa kanila at hangad natin ang tagumpay nila," he added.