By Junex Doronio
October 29, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — As if proving to be more combatant at the age of 75, Partido Lakas ng Masa vice-presidential aspirant Walden Bello on Friday assailed 47-year-old presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” for saying that regularization of contractual workers will not be an immediate priority of his administration if he wins the 2022 presidential polls.
Walden promised that he and running mate Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) presidential bet Leody De Guzman will prioritize the welfare of workers if elected.
“These workers have waited long enough and have sacrificed so much producing so much wealth in the country–and yet they have been deprived of even just a fair share of the wealth they have produced over the past decades. And yet Isko wants to make workers wait until the situation ‘gets better’ before he even addresses contractualization,” Bello said in a statement.
But Moreno, Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer, earlier said that the regularization of contractual workers is ‘least of problems’ for now.
Bello, an academician, and author lambasted Moreno’s “pro-billionaire” and “anti-worker” position, saying he is no different to any other politician in the country “serving billionaire backers.”
“Ka Leody and I believe they have waited long enough and refuse to let them wait a minute longer. We vow to end contractualization on Day 1 of our administration. Among the first set of Executive Orders that will be issued in our administration is one aimed at prohibiting all trilateral agreements and banning manpower agencies so as to ensure that all workers are hired directly and guaranteed all the benefits and legal protections afforded to regular workers,” Bello stressed.
It can be recalled that Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III urged Duterte to sign an “endo bill” as urgent in his last year in office, but the president did not even mention the proposal in his last State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The PLM vice presidential bet created a stir during the Noynoy Aquino administration when he bolt out from the ruling coalition then out of disgust of the Mamasapano tragedy that killed 44 SAF policemen.
Silvestre Bello III, who was then 1BAP partylist representative, said: “Let me start by saying Cong. Bello made my name very respectable. He made me proud of being a Bello. I talked to him a while ago and advised him against resigning because his affiliation with the president is different from his position as representative of Akbayan party-list.” (ai/mtvn)