Leody de Guzman pushes for government and the economy of the masses

FILE PHOTO: Labor leader Leody de Guzman, chairman of Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino. (Photo taken from his Facebook account)

MANILA, Philippines – Mass government and economy – that’s what presidential candidate Leody De Guzman is calling for.

“This election is a good opportunity to change the course of politics. It should be the politics of the masses, and we should change the economy. It should be the economy of the masses, of the public and not of the few,” De Guzman said in Filipino on Tuesday at the Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) proclamation rally at Bantayog ng Mga Bayani in Quezon City.

“It should be a government of the people, not of millionaires. People must come first, not profits, because for a very long time our government members have come from the top of society – millionaires, capitalists and landlords,” he added.

De Guzman said these types of politicians turn their backs on the public after winning their votes.

If these people continued to be in office, the situation in the country would worsen, he said.

“If we allow these trapos [traditional politicians] to get positions – the dynasties, the elitists – our country, which is the pearl of the Orient, could become a desert of poverty,” he said.

“Change is within us if we support and embrace candidates who are like us and who have a long track record of fighting for our interests,” he added.

De Guzman is a labor leader vying for the presidency with activist Walden Bello as his vice-presidential running mate.

The campaign period for the May 9 elections started on February 8 for national candidates while it will start on March 25 for local candidates.

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