TRILLANES URGES PRESIDENT TO FIRE LEFTIST CABINET EXECS
Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday urged President Duterte to kick out from the Cabinet members identified with the Left after Mr. Duterte ordered the military to go after the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
In a statement, Trillanes added that sources in the military had informed him that there were “hundreds” of suspected CPP cadres working in the administration and whowere using government resources to help communist insurgents.
Malacañang on July 26 said that three members of the Cabinet identified with the Left would remain at their posts despite the escalating word war between the Duterte administration and the CPP.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Mr. Duterte still had trust and confidence in Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and National AntiPoverty Commission lead convener Liza Maza.
“They’re there. As long as they’re there, we can assume they still have his full trust,” Abella told reporters.
“That is the assumption because no action has been taken against them as far as I know,” he added.
Trillanes said “hundreds of CPP-NPA cadres were officially employed by the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform), Dole (Department of Labor and Employment), NAPC (National Anti-Poverty Commission) and HUDCC ( Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council).”
“Moreover, these communists are using the resources from these government offices to stockpile arms and ammunition, which they will use later on against our soldiers,” said Trillanes, a former Navy officer who led the Oakwood mutiny in 2003.
Abella said the NPA and the Cabinet members were different.
“They’re not members of the NPA as far as we can see. What is important is they are doing their job in their agencies, in their departments.”