Labor leader Leody de Guzman (Google News)
By Junex Doronio
October 10, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – With Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio “definitely out” of the 2022 presidential race, labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman of the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) could pull a surprise if he can persuade some 50 million Filipino workers to vote for him who truly comes from their ranks.
De Guzman — who earned a degree in Customs Administration but has chosen to become a labor leader — said he wants his campaign to focus on pursuing a “system change” in the country to set him apart from other presidential contenders who are the proverbial rich and famous.
“Hindi lang palitan si (President Rodrigo) Duterte. Hindi lang para palitan ‘yung mukha ng pangulo sa Malacañang kundi palitan ang buong sistema ng ating gobyerno (Not just to replace Duterte. Not just to replace the face of the president in Malacañang, but to replace the entire system of our government.),” the national chairman of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) stressed.
De Guzman assailed both the Duterte administration and the “elitist” Liberal Party (LP) as he pushed for a pro-worker agenda that is to raise minimum wages and abolish contractualization.
Despite his scarce resources, Ka Leody dreamed of capturing the “labor vote” since the country’s workforce is composed of around 50 million Filipinos although only around one million are organized.
Up to Friday, October 8 which was the last day of the filing of candidacies, there were persistent calls for presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Duterte-Carpio to run for president.
Duterte-Carpio, however, strongly stood her ground to seek re-election as Davao City mayor.
“Inday is definitely out as she has said earlier [in] the oft-repeated statements in so many I think interviews. She has always maintained that she is not running. She was just true to her words,” President Duterte affirmed in an interview with SMNI News of his friend televangelist Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City. (ai/mtvn)