By Junex Doronio
October 6, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Hoping against hope to get the votes of some 50 million Filipino workers and after being spurned by the “elitist” Liberal Party (LP), labor leader Leody de Guzman on Wednesday, October 6, filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to run for president in 2022.
De Guzman, the presidential candidate of the socialist-leaning Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), said he is not only seeking a regime change but a system change as he promises to raise minimum wages and abolish contractualization completely.
In his 2019 senatorial bid, De Guzman described the LP members as elites and the Duterte regime as a tyrant.
Although he lost in the last polls, placing 38th in the senatorial race, hope springs eternal for De Guzman that he will be the country’s first president who really comes from the ranks of the workers.
De Guzman, chairman of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), was thrust into the presidential race when LP presumed standard bearer Vice President Leni Robredo ignored the request of the Laban ng Masa (LNM) coalition, of which PLM is a member, to discuss “possibilities” in the 2022 elections.
LNM head Walden Bello said the coalition sought a meeting with Robredo for “nearly three months to discuss possibilities” but was not given one, leading the coalition to declare de Guzman as its presidential candidate. (ai/mtvn)