Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares said Monday that the Makabayan bloc will remain faithful to its commitment to fight for the people despite the appointment of leftists to the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte.
"We’ve always said that we support the pro-people pronouncements and positions of President Duterte, and we also express struggle, our critical position to those that we consider as anti-people," said Colmenares, National Union of People's Lawyers president.
Colmenares told ANC said Makabayan will still oppose policies which the bloc believes will be detrimental to the interest of the people.
"There will still be a Makabayan, an active Makabayan who will not only express support to President Duterte’s pro-people policies like end of contractualization—very major for us," he said.
"End of contractualization is very important for us, peace process, release of political prisoners, but at the same time, we will always be there to struggle with the president’s administration on issues which we believe are not to the interest of the Filipino people," he said.
He said they will also continue their crusade for human rights, especially amid the spate of drug-related killings.
"These apparent extra-judicial killings in drug-related cases, we urge President Duterte to come after not just the drug pushers and drug syndicates, but the police who abuse their authority and at the same time police who are involved in drugs," he said.
Colmenares said the police should have launched their campaign before the Duterte administration.
"Why serve the warrant of arrest now? Why didn’t you serve it before? So the people begin to suspect the police are in on it too. Kilala niyo na pala lahat ng drug pushers sa lugar ninyo, ngayon niyo lang [hinuhuli]."
"We also urge President Duterte na in the same manner na binibira niya ang drug syndicates at mga drug lords, birahin niya rin yung police authorities who are involved in drugs kasi I don’t think na lalala ang drug problem natin dito without the connivance of the police and the authorities," he added.