Militants urge GMA townmates to treat her a “nuisance” candidate

By TC Concepcion and Chocolate Moose Fernandez

Manila, Philippines- Staunch critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday appealed to townmates of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to declare her a “nuisance” candidate in case she announces her plans to run for a congressional seat in her hometown in Pampanga and files her certificate of candidacy on Dec.1,the last day of filing of politicians seeking elective posts in May 2010 elections.

“On Dec. 1, it is politically correct to say that President Arroyo becomes a nuisance candidate because nobody wants to be associated with her and that makes her a political nuisance. While legally speaking she can still run for vice-president, senator perhaps or district representative, the political sentiment and atmosphere by that time will regard her as an irritant political entity or an annoying electoral wannabe,” the leftist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a press statement.

“The Cabalens will rise above the occasion. They will not give Mrs. Arroyo a chance to continue her political escapades and brutality beyond 2010. That’s the destiny and political fate of Mrs. Arroyo,” the group added.

Citing the Oct. 2-8 survey conducted by independent think tank IBON where only 17 percent of Mrs. Arroyo’s townmates in Pampanga want her to run in Congress in 2010, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the result indicates that Mrs. Arroyo is highly isolated from the people and that she cannot capable even if she runs as barangay captain in La Vista subdivision in Quezon City or in any barangay in Lubao, Pampanga.

Results of the latest IBON nationwide survey revealed that while 77 percent of respondents were very much aware and convinced that President Arroyo will seek a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010, 44.6 percent of those surveyed rebuked GMA’s plan to run for Congress next year.

The same IBON nationwide survey revealed that 61% of the total 1,496 respondents said they are aware Pres. Arroyo will run for Congress. Of this number, 85.8% said they were not in favor for the president to stay in government as a Pampanga representative.

“The Comelec and its commissioners will become the world’s biggest laughing stock if they will allow Mrs. Arroyo to seek seat in the House of Representatives or share stellar billing with national politicians running for vice-president or senators. To the Comelec commissioners we have these two words for you—get real,” the Pamalakaya official added.

Pamalakaya on the other hand denied reports that militant groups have endorsed or gravitated to the presidential candidacy of opposition Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. The militant group said colleagues in other organizations merely recognized the senator’s progressive position on a number of issues such as the legislative approval of the proposed P 125 across-the-board, across-the-country wage hike and the condonation of the more than P 40-billion incurred by agrarian reform beneficiaries under what it called “bogus” Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“Senator Escudero earned raves from militant groups and personalities because of his progressive views and position on a number of issues and we see nothing wrong in recognizing political personalities for their positive views on people’s issues,” the group said.

Pamalakaya added: “In fact, we encourage other national candidates to speak out and share their hearts and minds on many issues of national interest to the people and engage in principled debates because we advocate and carry out genuine politics of change that shuns politics of personalities and the traditional patronage politics”.

Pamalakaya said militant groups and progressive party lists like Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan Party, Migrante, the indigenous party list Katribu, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), the government employee group Courage and Makabayan coalition will soon conduct their own electoral forums to present the people’s agenda to politicians running in national elective posts in 2010.

“But as far as the people’s movement is concerned, the endorsement of presidential candidate is not in its political radar as of now and it is still in the process of studying and determining their course of action on whether to endorse or support a presidential candidate in 2010. If there will be endorsements that will depend on the candidates’ track records and positions on major economic and political issues, and we are referring to scores of issues not few issues,” the group said. #

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