Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) allies could bring in real inclusive growth to the country, once they will be among the cabinet members of the incoming Duterte administration. This is according to a political analyst, with presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that he will offer top cabinet posts to the CPP.
“You balance the economic, the business aspect of continuing the growth trajectory of the country; but at the same time, by putting the left in charge of the social services, you will actually put social inclusion front and center,” De La Salle University-College of Liberal Arts Dean Julio C. Teehankee said this Tuesday, May 17 via Mornings @ ANC.
“By putting these four social service-oriented portfolios at front and center, and offering them to people who actually rebelled against the state because of injustices committed against the farmers, the workers and the lack of social services, that is a stroke of genius, I think,” Teehankee added, who specializes in the comparative analysis of institutional politics.
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“We’re trying to rebalance, we’re trying to hedge our geo-political position vis-à-vis the United States. And at the same time, we’re trying to repair our damaged relations with China without necessarily surrendering our sovereignty.” He further said, noting that the inclusion is likely to bring in a “difficult balancing act” with the the Duterte administration.
This Monday, President-elect Rody Duterte revealed that he has reserved the top postions of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the leftist group.
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This Sunday, during his first press conference after the elections, presumptive President Duterte said that CPP founder Jose Maria Sison is welcome to return to the Philippines, after being exiled in Netherlands for almost three decades. He said he wanted to talk with Joma Sison about resolving the insurgency problem in the country.
Meanwhile, Joma Sison said he welcomes Duterte’s offer of cabinet posts to the CPP, noting that he is thankful for the trust in him. However, he emphasized that there will no CPP member shall sit in the government while the peace talks is on-going. Sison, now 77, is a former professor of Duterte at the Lyceum of the Philippines University.