By Marjaleen Ramos
National Anti-Poverty Commission chief Liza Maza said she submitted her irrevocable resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday.
In a statement, Maza said one of the main reasons for her resignation was the termination of the President of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front on August 14.
“His latest pronouncement, however, on finally terminating the talks brings me to the conclusion that these reforms may no longer be possible under the current administration. In any case, genuine change cannot happen when old forces of fascism and corruption and the defenders of elite and foreign interests, are consolidating their position in government,” she stated.
Maza said this has put an end to her hopes that the peace talks would result in meaningful socioeconomic and political reforms that would end poverty and war in the country.
She stressed that poverty cannot be solved if the attacks against those fighting poverty are still continuing.
Maza also mentioned the return of Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Marcos family in position, saying an activist like her cannot work with the old forces in the Duterte administration.
“All of these forces have returned so how can we realize the changes?” Maza asked.
Maza was among the nominees of the National Democratic Front, which represents the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army at peace talks, to the Duterte administration.
The now former anti-poverty chief, however, said that she is grateful for the opportunity to serve the government.
It was just last week after Nueva Ecija court dismissed the case complaint filed against her, along with former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano and former Bayan Muna Reps. Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiñ over the election related violence in 2006.
Meanwhile, Malacañang on Monday thanked Maza for her two years of service in the government but regrets that she had decided to leave
“She had the trust and confidence of the President and she resigned. We always regret when people who enjoy the trust and confidence of the President leave their post,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing.
Malacañang said that the resignation of Liza Maza from her post as chief of the National Anti-Poverty Commission is a wasted opportunity for communists to prove that they can lead when in government.