By Sugar Hicap and Chocolate Moose Fernandez
The left-wing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) assailed on Tuesday President elect Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy’ Aquino III for the looming return of members of Hyatt 10, who are all former members of the economic team of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who dumped the latter at the height of Hello Garci election fraud scandal in 2005.
“The economy was really bad during their time. There’s no compelling reason why they should be accommodated again. The US installed presidency of Mr. Aquino should refrain from bringing back these people who sold the economy to all-time exploiters and slave holding corporations,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.
Hicap said his group has this sound inkling that Aquino will soon name Arroyo’s former economic managers to his Cabinet, an act which the Pamalakaya leader viewed as nothing but product of payback politics and political patronage.
“The economy remains in shambles because of the bitter economic pills imposed by this group of economic managers who shared the same mindset with Arroyo. These are IMF-World Bank bred technocrats whose common motto in life is to let the economy dictated by foreign monopoly capital. To set the record straight, these people supported Arroyo’s 12-percent expanded value added tax, rejected the proposed P 125 across-the-board pay hike and justified the weekly increases in the prices of petroleum products. So what sound economy they would offer? Nothing,” the Pamalakaya leader added.
Hicap said the immoral return of Hyatt 10 to government posts under the Aquino presidency was highly evident with the announcement of former DSWD secretary Dinky Soliman to take again the social welfare portfolio once the 50-year old senator is proclaimed as elected President.
The Pamalakaya official said other members of Hyatt 10 like former education secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad and former anti-poverty commission Chief Imelda Nicolas might be nominated for their previous posts or they would be given other Cabinet level positions in the government.
Pamalakaya said Aquino should be closely watched on how his administration would deal with the rejuvenated Kamag-Anak Incorporated composed of Aquino’s close relatives led by former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr.
Earlier, Pamalakaya scored Aquino over his plan to take oath before Tarlac barangay captain Edgardo Aguas, the head of Barangay Central at Hacienda Luisita where Aquino is a registered voter.
The group said what Aquino did was pure image building and a cheap publicity stunt. Pamalakaya said Aquino’s plan to push the oath taking at Barangay Central in Hacienda Luisita will not erase the crimes of the Cojuangco-Aquino on the Filipino farmers, particularly the denial of land rights to 10,000 farm worker beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita and the brutal murder of 7 farm workers and injury of more than 100 others during the Nov.14, 2004 massacre.
“There is no such thing as forgive and forget. The bloody carnage in Hacienda Luisita and the more than half- a-century resistance of the Cojuangco-Aquino clan to give up their immoral and unlawful claim on the 6,453-hectate sugar estate will be forever etched in the minds and memories of the Luisita folk in particular and the more than 90 million Filipino public in particular,” the group said.
Pamalakaya said Noynoy’s decision to take his oath in Hacienda Luisita is a symbolic way of saying that he and his family will not yield the sugar estate to 10,000 farmer worker beneficiaries, and that the controversial lands would remain untouched under his six-year term. #