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Rallyists decry Duterte admin’s ‘manipulation’ of government resources vs. poor

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By Martin Sadongdong

Members of urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) slammed Monday the alleged manipulation of government resources by the Duterte administration to “suppress the forms of dissent for the interest of the President’s ruling clique.”

 

Members of urban poor group KADAMAY gather as they try to occupy houses at La Solidaridad Village, a housing project for retired members of AFP and PNP in Brgy San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, June 13, 2018. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Members of urban poor group KADAMAY gather as they try to occupy houses at La Solidaridad Village, a housing project for retired members of AFP and PNP in Brgy San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, June 13, 2018. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

Around 80 members of Kadamay staged a protest in front of the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City around 2:30 p.m. to air their grievances.

Kadamay chairperson Bea Arellano pointed out that the Duterte government has committed “too many” crimes against the Filipinos ranging from the killing of drug suspects and leftist groups, “silencing” of members of the media, and alleged election manipulation in the midterm polls to put into power the President’s allies, among others.

“Hindi ba’t ginagamit ang DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government], pulis at sundalo para pigilan ang mga kandidato at grupong kritikal sa gobyerno? Bahagi ng kanilang whole of ‘nation approach’ ang pagmanipula sa public resources para sa panunupil at pagpapatahimik sa taumbayan,” Arellano said.

According to the group, the “whole of nation” approach is a current state strategy of counter-insurgency which seeks to utilize all branches and forms of government “for total domination.”

“Kapag nanalo ang mga manok ni Duterte, tiyak na mas maraming ‘Tokhang,’ dagdag pamasahe dahil sa excise tax, dagdag buwis dahil sa TRAIN, demolisyon, pagpatay sa mga magsasaka, warrantless arrest at labis na kapangyarihan para sa kanyang mga kaalyado at ka-sosyo,” Arellano stressed.

The group accused Duterte-allied candidates including Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who is a former PNP chief, of “cheating” and using “illegal tactics” to win in the elections.

“Sinong niloloko ni Duterte na kayang manalo ng mga alipores niya sa malinis na paraan? Sinuman kina Bato, Bong Go, Imee Marcos atbp. ay tiyak na gagamit ng pandaraya at maruruming taktika,” Arellano said.

The camps of the accused candidates have yet to release respective statements regarding the group’s allegations.

Arellano then urged the PNP leadership to “defy” Duterte’s orders and “fight the oppressive system” being implemented by the President.

“Huwag ipatupad kung ano man ang pinag-uutos ni Duterte sa kanila. Alam namin may sahod sila pero hindi sapat ‘yon para sila ay pumatay. Dapat sila labanan din ang maling sistema, hindi lang sila oo ng oo sa sinasabi ng siraulong Pangulo,” she said.

The group’s chairperson stated that Duterte should focus on implementing pro-poor programs such as housing, livelihood and other projects instead of targeting critics of the administration.

“Ang mensahe namin sa Pangulong Duterte, baliktarin niya ang mga patakarang ipinapatupad niya sa ngayon dahil kung hindi niya baliktarin ito at puro interes lang ng mga kapitalista, kung hindi niya baliktarin ‘yan ay bumaba na siya sa pwesto. Kung hindi siya bumaba ay kami ang hihila sa kanya at patatalsikin siya sa Malakanyang,” she said.

The PNP has explained before that the drug suspects and suspected members of leftist groups being killed in police operations have engaged lawmen in shootouts.

Aside from the protest outside Camp Crame, the group also marched at the military’s headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, DILG and Mendiola bridge.

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