“Scammer” politicians are the true nuisance candidates

Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino President Leody de Guzman in one of the many rallies where he spoke. Image © https://www.rappler.com

THE progressive Partido ng Lakas ng Masa on Wednesday reminded Senator Sherwin Gatchalian that the real “nuisance candidates” are the “scammer” politicians who are running for an elective post in this coming elections.

The PLM issued the statement in reaction to a bill recently filed by Senator Win Gatchalian seeking to penalize “nuisance candidates.”

Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) spokesperson Leody de Guzman asked Gatchalian to define who maybe considered a nuisance candidate since his proposed measure may bar deserving and qualified but poor Filipinos from seeking public office who could give voice to the voiceless marginalized millions, without intention to mock the election process or cause confusion among voters.

“If the good senator is seeking a deterrent to candidates who are a nuisance not only to the electoral process but to the everyday lives of the voting populace, he must rather propose the prohibition of candidates who are out on bail for plunder charges and those who have a track record of dastardly violations of human rights,” De Guzman said.

Moreover, De Guzman explained that “an aspiring spokesperson of the impoverished masses, if indeed qualified, could launch a national campaign on issues and concerns that afflict the workers and the poor. Said campaign may not have the P300 million that other senators have as ‘show money’ to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) but could be generated in the election period as the candidate garners the trust and confidence of the voting population.”

De Guzman emphasized that “affluent financial status should not be a prerequisite for those running in public office. Doing so, does not only reeks with elitism, it also creates a wall barring the poor as if government positions are the private property of the rich.”

It has been reported recently in the Philippine media that a number of personalities allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam are have filed candidacy before the Comelec. (Read More: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1044283/3-ex-senators-in-pork-scam-running-again)

Ka Leody as he is fondly called in the labor movement is a former worker in the garment’s industry which was ravaged by globalization in the 1990’s. He is seeking a senatorial seat in the upcoming elections in May. Aside from serving as the spokesperson of the grassroots-based PLM, he is also currently the chairman of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP).

 

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