We express our utmost condemnation to the US-Duterte regime for the effective removal of Judy Taguiwalo as Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
It was, however, nothing short of expected. Duterte has turned its back on his promises of significant reforms and change to the Filipino people, long since they have turned out to be empty rhetoric. Sec Judy’s removal is a victory for the corrupt bureaucracy, neoliberals in the regime, and the de facto military junta and their US masters.
Duterte could have easily swayed his supermajority in the Senate and Congress to push for her confirmation. But alas, instead of confirming Taguiwalo, he just confirmed his puppetry to the US and its head operatives in the country.
Sec Judy’s defiance of pork barrel, bureaucrat capitalism, and patronage politics, as well as her stance to directly deliver social services to the people, have earned the ire of the Senate and Congress majority who wish to milk the DSWD’s funds for themselves. Despite her position in the Duterte cabinet, she has openly condemned Duterte’s anti-people policies, especially the regime’s martial law. Sec Judy has vehemently pushed for the progress of the peace talks, as a venue for significant social reforms.
Her removal will signify the return of the DSWD’s nature to fuel the neoliberal framework, through dole-outs and programs funded from foreign aid and debt. These programs are set to also serve counterinsurgency programs in the rural areas.
The US-Duterte regime is bent on removing Sec Judy and pursuing progressives in the Cabinet to silence its political critics, quell the people’s resistance, and further strengthen its hegemony.
The people are keenly aware that service to the people does not and will not end on headships of agencies of the reactionary state. Sec Judy continues to fight, along with the people’s rising movement, against the fascist US-Duterte regime, and for genuine change. ###