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‘Harassment of
partylist groups still on’

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The harassment and intimidation of progressive party-list groups by state security forces have remained unabated, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said Saturday.

Casiño, an independent senatorial candidate of Makabayan (Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan), said even he has not been spared from such harassment.

Makabayan comprises party-list groups Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela Women's Party, Kabataan, Confederation for the Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees, Migrante and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers.

Despite harassments and intimidation, Casiño said they remain unfazed as they continue to get support from the ordinary people.

A ranking official of ACT in Western Visayas was earlier linked to the killing of 1Lt. Archie Polenzo, who died two years ago, in an encounter with suspected New People’s Army rebels in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

Casiño, who recently held campaign sorties in Escalante City, Toboso and Calatrava, Negros Occidental, earlier admitted he is a leftist, but not a communist.

“I am not a communist and I am not a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines. I am not receiving funding from them,” Casiño said.

Casiño, a three-term representative of Bayan Muna party-list, has asked the Commission on Elections to provide an additional allowance of P2,000 for teachers who will man the polling precincts in the May elections.

He said the measly P3,000 honorarium that each teacher receives for their election duties is not enough to compensate for their sacrifices.

“Our teachers make a great contribution to our country. They not only teach the youth and serve as their second parents, they also safeguard our votes,” Casiño said in a statement.*GPB

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