Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has earned criticisms from Bayan (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) Secretary General Renato Reyes and Kadamay (Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap) Secretary General Carlito Badion. This is after the soldier-turned politician referred the urban poor group as front of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
“I find his statement appalling, napaka-fascist ng mga pahayag ni Sen. Trillanes, parang ang ipinapalabas niya, walang legitimacy ‘yung mga ipinaglalaban ng mga mahihirap. Dapat nga matuwa sila Sen. Trillanes dahil na-avert yung violent confrontation, naghanap ng peaceful and just solution.” Reyes said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer.
“You don’t have to be a communist para ipaglaban ang karapatan sa pabahay, para ipaglaban ang trabaho, kabuhayan. Ito ay mga legitimate demand. He cannot downplay or discredit these demands by simply saying na ‘ay commmunista yan, kaya isangtabi na natin ang issue ng pabahay, kalimutan na natin yung problema na maraming nakatiwangwang na bahay’ that does not make sense.” He added.
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“I received information from the security sector that Kadamay is a front organization for the communist. If that is true, there will be security implications because they will create a community which will become a sanctuary for the communists.” Trillanes said, adding that allowing the Kadamay members to occupy the housing projects might set a bad precedent.
Nevertheless, Reyes also praised President Rodrigo Duterte for allowing Kadamay members last Tuesday to remain in government housing units Bulacan, where they have been occupying since March. That day, the president also asked military and police personnel, who are supposed to be the original beneficiaries, to let go of the units.
Meanwhile, Carlito Badion of Kadamay also criticized Sen Trillanes for accusing his group as communists. In a statement, he said that the senator has done nothing good to help the government. Badion noted that instead of talking, lawmakers like him should pass laws that would solve the worsening housing problems for the poor.
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