Former Rep. Walden Bello
By Junex Doronio
October 21, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – With the entry of Walden Bello as the vice-presidential candidate of the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), it has seemingly energized the campaign of its presidential bet Ka Leody de Guzman not only for regime change but for systemic change.
Bello has openly assailed Vice President Leni Robredo who had snubbed the Laban ng Masa (LNM) coalition, which he chairs, after almost three months of trying to reach out to the self-proclaimed “true opposition” leader.
“This is the reason people like me who hate traditional politics are forced to go into politics despite the fact that it makes us vomit, so we can rid the arena of these f*cking, stinking trapos that have made life miserable for 99 percent of Filipinos,” the 75-year-old internationally-known author said in a Facebook post last October 16, Saturday.
Bello, currently an international adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, has served as a two-term representative of Akbayan party-list to the House of Representatives, but later resigned in 2015 in protest of the administration of late President Noynoy Aquino.
One of his reasons was Aquino’s refusal to take responsibility for the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 Special Action Force (SAF) men.
In a recent statement, the Laban ng Masa coalition, which Bello chairs, lambasted the composition of the Senate slate of Robredo.
“Traditional Philippine politics is the playground of the elite, landlords, billionaires, and giant corporations. It is a game of numbers, popularity, bailiwick, and money, and it is within this framework that VP Leni Robredo has chosen her Senatorial slate,” LNM said.
PLM is one of the members of the Laban ng Masa (LNM) coalition.
The socialist coalition asked for a meeting with Robredo for “nearly three months to talk about possibilities” but was not granted, prompting the group to declare “Ka Leody” as PLM presidential candidate.
Bello said he partnered with De Guzman, a Customs Administration graduate who chose to become a full-time labor leader “to forward a comprehensive agenda not just for regime change, but also systemic change.”