29 August 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio (09209220817)
ACT TEACHERS Rep. Antonio Tinio on remarks of Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda against the Makabayan bloc: “Wala kaming pakialam sa sinasabi ng Makabayan bloc. Wala silang ginawa kundi i-criticize ang government…”
As a member of the Makabayan coalition of progressive partylist, I strongly condemn the arrogant and disparaging remarks uttered by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda against the Makabayan bloc.
Lacierda’s statement reveals the utter disrespect of the Office of the President not just for the 7 legislators that make up Makabayan, but more importantly, for the millions of poor, marginalized, and underrepresented Filipinos who voted for us in the recent elections and who have been voting for us since progressives first participated in partylist elections in 2001. His sweeping dismissal of the views expressed by the Makabayan representatives reveals the contempt the Palace holds for the genuine interest of millions of workers, peasants, women, professionals, youth, and other marginalized sectors to whom we strive to give a voice in Congress.
I condemn his intolerance for dissenting views, which is totally unacceptable coming from the Spokesperson of thr President of a putatively democratic republic.
In behalf of the constituents of Makabayan, I demand an apology from Mr. Lacierda and expect to hear it personally from him during the upcoming budget hearings. ###