2 progressive lawyers, environmentalist businessman join MASO to face ‘trapos’ in 2025

2 progressive lawyers, environmentalist businessman join MASO to face ‘trapos’ in 2025

By Junex Doronio
October 2, 2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — This early, following the proverbial flexing of muscles of traditional political parties PDP-Laban and Liberal Party (LP) in obvious preparation for the 2025 mid-term elections, two progressive lawyers have joined the socialist humanist Maharlika Solidarity (MASO) to serve as an alternative to “elitist and pro-neoliberal traditional politicians” or “trapos”.

Lawyer Ed Rosales Dural, who hails from Quezon province, will serve as MASO Vice President for Luzon while Atty. Ferdinand Dungog in this city will be the Vice President for the Visayas. Agusan del Norte businessman and environmentalist leader Emon Peligrino was earlier named as Secretary General.

Founded by a descendant of Lapu-Lapu last July 7, 2022, coinciding with the foundation anniversary of the Katipunan, MASO advocates Socialist Humanism and draws inspiration from the welfare societies which include Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Kuwait, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

MASO adheres to a mixed economy, including the strengthening of cooperatives and full support for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

As to the system of government, MASO prefers a unitary parliamentary form to speed up the passage of laws and to have a more efficient and accountable government leader.

MASO strongly opposes neoliberalism espoused by most “trapos”, citing its negative effects such as economic inequality, growth of monopolies, lack of job security, loss of jobs due to outsourcing, and an increasing indifference to the needs and well-being of individuals. (ai/mtvn)

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