MANILA — In what could be her most damning move in a bid to secure the presidency, Leni Robredo has vowed to appoint sensitive cabinet positions to members of the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army if she wins in the May elections, according to intelligence sources.
The source, quoting an intelligence report, said Robredo agreed to “hand over” the Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Labor and Employment (DOLE), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Health (DOH), and Agriculture (DA) to members of the CPP as part of their agreement to forge a coalition government.
“In a desperate move to offset the insurmountable lead of Marcos (Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.), Robredo accepted the offer of the Left to bolster her ranks in exchange for several high-profile cabinet positions that will practically seal their coalition government,” the intel report reads,
The cabinet positions are vital and strategic, “in the sense that it could tilt the balance of power and dictate the direction of the political and economic programs of the president,” the source added.
He said the Left, if and when they occupy the said positions, will try to “squeeze the investors and businessmen into a compromise” with the organized and highly politicized labor sectors, which in effect will strengthen Unionism, to the detriment of the economy.
The same source added that the Communist appointees will try to offset the projects of the government like the Build, Build, Build projects and foreign investments in preparation for a takeover.
On Saturday, President Duterte confirmed the “Dilawan’s” ties with the CPP-NPA and the possible sabotage of the May 9, 2022 elections.
In an interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, Duterte said “the government has been on the lookout for the two groups along with another one whose name he forgot.”
“Itong mga Dilawan tapos… I forgot the other one. ‘Yan ang ano ng gobyerno. They’re watching for that kind of situation,” he said.
Although Duterte assured that he would not allow any group to disrupt the polls, he said, “I cannot guarantee you that it will be peaceful. There will be one or two or three, and even (here in) Mindanao.”
Earlier, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson also expressed concern over validated intelligence reports that members of the CPP legal front organizations have infiltrated Robredo’s rallies.
“This is worrisome. A coalition government with the CPP-NPA-NDF will set back the gains of the government’s efforts to end the country’s decades-old insurgency problem,” Lacson said in his Twitter.
Robredo’s move is reminiscent of the decision of then-president Cory Aquino in 1986 to free the political detainees who were charged and incarcerated during the time of ex-president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos Sr. and her subsequent appointment of known Communist cadres in sensitive positions in the government.
That move backfired big time as it became the powder keg that became the rallying point of the extreme right that led to several coup attempts. (ai/mtvn)