Ka Leody de Guzman
By Junex Doronio
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Saying that the “trapos” (traditional politicians) only remember the poor people during election campaigns, Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) presidential bet socialist Ka Leody de Guzman laughed off on his rivals bickering over who first suggested the suspension of excise tax on petroleum products amid rising fuel prices that he actually proposed as early as 2020.
“Hindi unahan sa pagtanggal ng excise tax, o kung galing Forbes Park o Tondo. Ilaban ninyo ang masa hindi lang kapag kampanyahan na (Fight for the masses not only during campaign season.),” De Guzman, a Customs Administration graduate who chose to become full-time labor leader, said.
Presidential aspirants Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, and Senator Ping Lacson have lately proposed to reduce and suspend the excise tax on fuel.
In a statement, Aksyon Demokratiko chairperson Ernest Ramel claimed on Thursday, October 21, that Moreno first suggested the idea.
To prove that he was the first to call for such a proposal, Guzman pinned a “receipt” on Twitter — a news story in a broadsheet newspaper – that he has already called for the suspension of excise tax on fuel in 2020.
“Ayaw ko nang maulit ang masamang karanasan ng pagsuporta ng taong bayan kay Cory laban kay Marcos at kay Gloria laban naman kay Erap. Walang napala ang taong bayan, nagpatuloy lang ang kahirapan at kaapihan ng mamamyan,” he earlier said.
De Guzman later clarified that he was not being sexist when he assailed the past women presidents.
He maintained that it is Vice President Leni Robredo who is the one dividing the votes of the “opposition.”
“Kung mayroon mang nanghati, ito ay si Leni mismo. Nang kausapin n’ya si Paquiao at si Isko para magsama sama daw ang oposisyon. Sa ginawa nya, nabendisyunan si Paquiao at si Isko na oposisyon din. At dahil sa tagal nyang mag desisyon sa pagtakbo, marami sa mga nainip ang lumipat kay Isko at Paquiao,” the socialist labor leader said. (ai/mtvn)