The Aquino administration is allegedly forcing the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program to attend the “Unity Walk” at Luneta Park on Friday, April 15 to support Liberal Party bets Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, according to a local group.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is the Aquino government’s anti-poverty program.
According to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), they have received information that the beneficiaries of this anti-poverty program were threatened on a Php 500 cut from their monthly allotment should they fail to participate in the said unity walk.
Inquirer correspondent Aries Joseph Hegina said that Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. issued a statement which says,” We have received information that CCT (conditional cash transfer)-4P’s members in Manila are being required to attend a ‘unity walk’ for Mar Roxas in Luneta tomorrow under the guise of the monthly Family Development Session of the 4P’s. The 4Ps members are being threatened with a P500 deduction from their monthly support should they fail to attend.” He added that the administration has been using public funds to aid LP’s campaigns.
Reyes then added that the act is a “shameless use of public funds” for a partisan political activity which is immoral and illegal at the same time. Furthermore, he emphasized that the funds are not campaign funds of LP which should therefore remain free from being used to promote the candidacy of individuals.
In a counter argument, Akbayan Partylist Representative Ibarra Gutierrez III who is also the spokesperson of Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid denied Bayan’s accusations. He condemned the group’s accusations and insisted that the remarks are not true.
Gutierrez said that Bayan has been attempting to throw mud at the administration and the Mar-Leni team. The group, according to him is supporting Poe-Escudero tandem and their acts are made to advance the political agenda of their chosen candidates. /Jerry Lapuz/ Inquirer/