In an unprecedented move, the Leftist groups will do something drastic – hold a rally on inauguration day not to protest but in support of the incoming President.
If the recent announcement of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. were to be believed, the country will experience a smooth Presidential inauguration, devoid of hoopla and drama from the Left.
In an article published by Interkasyon.com, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr was quoted as saying:
We’d like to make it clear that the June 30 rally is not a protest against Duterte but an affirmation of the people’s desire for genuine change.
Mr. Reyes explained that this show of support is a gesture of goodwill in response to the ‘pro-poor policy pronouncements’ and the impending resumption of peace talks with the Reds.
The announcement of Renato Reyes Jr came on the heels after the peace negotiators of the incoming administration and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines concluded informal talks and signed a joint statement in Oslo, Norway in which they agreed to begin formal talks in the third week of July.
Moreover, Mr. Reyes broke the news that a day before the Duterte inauguration, a multi-sectoral “National People’s Summit” will be conducted at the Film Center at the University of the Philippines, Diliman to “put together the People’s Agenda for the first 100 days of the Duterte presidency as well as a program for ‘nationalist and progressive change’.”
The “National People’s Summit” opens at 9 AM and end by noon. The summit dwells on 5 key issues such as the economy, social policy, peace and human rights, anti-corruption and governance, and foreign policy.
According to the article in interaksyon.com, the proposals will be submitted to members of Duterte’s cabinet, leaders of Congress and the government and NDFP peace panels.
Any thoughts on this development?