BMP president Luke Espiritu asserted that genuine change in the everyday lives of the people, especially the workers would not come from a Duterte dictatorship or from the Yellow elite democracy.
Espiritu said, “Duterte ascended to Malacanang by fanning the discontent and disgust of millions who did not reap the fruits of the so-called restoration of Philippine democracy. However, his economic policies have not veered from the neoliberal framework that spawned the policies of liberalization, deregulation, privatization, flexibilization of labor, and regressive taxation. The Duterte regime may differ in form as compared to the administrations from Cory to Noynoy Aquino, due to its fascist inclinations, but it essentially remains an instrument for class oppression, that is, for the dictatorship of the capitalist class.
The BMP converged other groups at the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue today with a banner showcasing a two-faced octopus – representing Duterte and the “Yellows” – with tentacles symbolizing anti-poor policies such as the privatization of social services, deregulation of strategic industries, anti-poor taxation and labor contractualization. They proceeded to the Bantayog ng mga Bayani right after to attend the “Kongreso ng Masa” of the broad coalition Laban ng Masa (LnM).