Makabayan bloc announces candidacy of Zarate for House Speaker
Aileen Cerrudo • June 26, 2019 • 1118
The Makabayan bloc has formally announced the candidacy of Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate as speaker of the House of Representatives.
Zarate is the 6th congressman to express interest in becoming the next House Speaker in the 18th Congress.
According to outgoing ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio, Congress needs a leader that will prioritize the interest of the people and not the interest of other countries.
“Kailangan ng speaker na ipaglalaban ang karapatan ng magasasaka, kababaihan, manggagawa, kabataan, lumad at iba pa. Tunay na lalabanan ang kurapsyon at titindig sa human rights, (We need a speaker who will fight for the rights of farmers, women, workers, youth, Lumadand others. He will truly fight against corruption and will stand for human rights),” he said.
Other lawmakers who are also vying for the position are Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, incoming Taguig 1st District Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio Gonzalez, and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)
The Makabayan Bloc has blasted the move that transferred 10 high-profile inmates from the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to a Marine Barracks.
The 10 high profile inmates included several witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima.
Bayan Muna Carlo Zarate said the transfer of the 10 is highly questionable.
“Bakit nandun sila sa marine barracks na ito? Ito ay nakapagtataka if not highly irregular, ano. Dahil these are convicted felons so dapat nandun sila sa Bilibid Prisons or sa custody mismo ng BuCor [Why are they at this marine barracks? This is something dubious, if not highly irregular, right? Because these are convicted felons so they should be inside the Bilibid Prisons or under the custody of BuCor],” said Zarate.
For the Makabayan Bloc, this can be considered a special treatment especially on bigtime drug lord Peter Co.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, however, denied such thing happening.
“As long as a court approval is secured I guess that should be okay because the intention is not to provide any special treatment but to secure precisely these people who are to my understanding or recollection will be or are witnesses in an existing case so it’s not for the purpose of giving them special treatment. But because their personal security is under threat,” the DOJ official said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
The bloc has filed House Resolution 2533 on Wednesday (April 3) which calls on the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate on the killings.
“The killings in Negros Oriental are crimes against humanity, targeted assassinations of leaders and members of local peasant organizations perpetrated by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the guise of anti-criminality operations,” according to their statement.
Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao said that he doesn’t believe that the slain individuals fought back.
“Our initial collation of data and testimonies from the survivors and the family of the victims point that there was a summary execution—a summary execution style,” Casilao said.
Based on the report, the chairperson of Hukom or Hugpong Kusog Mag-uumasa Canlaon and two barangay chairman in Manjuyod were among the individuals killed.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Grace Casin)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc will challenge the legality of the loan agreement between the Philippine government and China for the P4.3 billion Chico River Irrigation project.
The group will file a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) at the Supreme Court (SC) to temporarily stop the implementation of the said project.
“Ang immediate na relief na hihingin ay ang TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) tapos idi-declare na unconstitutional (The immediate relief we will request is the TRO then the declaration of unconstitutionality)” Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao said
They will also question the patrimonial assets of the Philippines which was reportedly going to be collateral in case the country is unable to pay its debts with China.
“Hindi pa dini-disclose ng gobyerno, ano pa ang mga assets niya na parang nilagay niya sa kaniyang collateral(The government still hasn’t disclosed the assets they are going to use as collateral),” Arilao said.
The Makabayan bloc also said the Philippines is at a disadvantage when it comes to the workforce of the project because a huge percentage of them will be Chinese.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said it is open to any move to question its actions.
“The Palace always welcomes any move to question its action, if they feel it’s not within the law,” presidential spokesperson and chief presidential legal counsel, Sec. Salvador Panelo said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
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