If the country’s stable and fast-growing economy has a story to tell, majority of the country’s population which is the poor, have not heard it, a lawmaker said.
Anakpawis Representative Ariel Casilao, in a statement, said the decline of President Duterte’s rating in the recent Social Weather Station (SWS) survey can be attributed to his “anti-poor and anti-peasant” policies.
Casilao said majority of the Filipino people remain poor because the economic policies implemented by the Duterte administration does not actually help the lowly farmers and fisherfolks across the country.
“It is natural for the people to break out from being deceived by sham promises for change, as President Duterte has nothing new to offer,” Casilao said.
The leftist lawmaker pointed out that Duterte employed the “semi-feudal and neo-liberal social and economic framework” which he inherited from the Aquino administration.
Casilao said the economic problems besetting the country’s growing number of poor Filipinos has worsened by the government’s illegal war on drugs and all-out war against the communist rebels and Moro people under the government’s counter-insurgency operation “Oplan Kapayapaan.”
To date, 81 farmers died in Duterte’s drug war as of Aug. 31, Casilao said, citing a report from farmer’s group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas. (davaotoday.com)