By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Queen Shawn Dok
MANILA, Philippines-Critics of Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) criticized former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.for giving the public the impression that a Noynoy presidency in June 30, 2010 would provide the change desired by millions of Filipino people.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the former Chief Justice was a staunch ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo since the beginning of the Arroyo presidency in 2001 up to March 2010, and the “unholy link up” was disconnected after Davide decided to quit the latest juicy post given to him by Arroyo and campaigned for his son Hilario Davide III who is running as governor of Cebu province.
“Former Chief Justice Davide is an opportunist politician. Remember, he played and flirted with the corrupt administration of Mrs. Arroyo, played the games of the generals and the extrajudicial killing republic and supported the President’s unlawful and immoral rule for 9 years. Now is talking of a different thing,” said Hicap referring to the statement of Davide that the public can never forget the corruption in the present administration and the only way to have real change is to bring Noynoy and his vice presidential partner Sen. Mar Roxas to Malacanang.
“How sure Mr. Davide that Noynoy and Mar are clean and that they will not become corrupt politicians and despotic rulers? This aging, has-been and opportunist ex-Chief Justice of the high tribunal is fooling the public to the highest order,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
Davide, the country’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations until last month resigned from his post so that he could campaign for his son Hilario Davide III running for governor of Cebu and so he could focus with his advocacy for “change.”
He said his home province of Cebu might even give Aquino more votes than what it delivered to President Macapagal-Arroyo in the 2004 elections.
Davide, who was wearing a Liberal Party campaign shirt, said he was actively campaigning for Aquino and Roxas because “this is the best time for our country really to have real change.” The former Chief Justice stressed that change can only be accomplished through the leadership of Noynoy and Mar … That is exactly the reason why I had to tender my resignation as the Philippines’ ambassador and permanent representative to the UN effective April 1,” Davide added.
But Pamalakaya, a staunch ally of striking farm workers in Hacienda Luisita said its 28 national council leaders representing 43 provincial chapters all over the country will sign an organizational memo during its April 19-21 meeting in Manila.
The memorandum directs all the group’s chapters in the country to reject the presidential bid of Aquino because the Cojuangc-Aquino’s bloody crimes and wholesale denial of peasant land rights in connection with the 6,453-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac.
“Rejection becomes Noynoy. Nothing more, nothing less”,” the group added.
Pamalakaya has 80,000 members and supporters all over the country and is identified with Anakpawis party list. At present, the group had already endorsed the senatorial bids of Rep. Satur Ocampo of Bayan Muna and Rep. Liza Maza of Gabriela. #