Labor leader Leody de Guzman on Thursday said he will not recognize the incoming Marcos-Duterte administration and would be one of its fiercest critics from day one of its rule.
In a press conference, de Guzman claimed that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) “failed” to ensure clean, honest, and fair elections as those who have prevailed were dynastic clans.
“Hindi ko kikilalanin bilang Pangulo at bilang Bise Pangulo si Bongbong Marcos at si Sara Duterte. Lalabanan ko ang pag-go-gobyerno niya, ang kanyang mga gagawing patakaran, at hindi ako kailanman magkakaroon ng ilusyon na magkakaroon ng pagbabago sa buhay ng masang Pilipino,” he said.
(I will not recognize Bongbong Marcos as President and Sara Duterte as Vice-President. I will oppose their governance, their policies, and I will never have the illusion that there will be a change in the lives of the Filipinos.)
Along with the Partido Lakas ng Masa and the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, De Guzman said he would continue to push for the programs that he raised during the campaign period, adding he does not expect anything to happen from the leadership of Marcos and Duterte.
During the campaign, De Guzman said he will increase the national minimum wage to P750, to abolish the regional wage boards, and dissolve the manpower agencies to end contractualization in the country.
“Patuloy kami sa pakikipaglaban. Itutuloy namin ang laban mula sa labanan sa halalan tungo sa labanan sa lansangan bitbit ang kahilingan ng masa ng sambayanan,” he added.
(The fight continues. We will continue the fight from the elections to the streets carrying the advocacies of the people.)
De Guzman conceded defeat in the Eleksyon 2022 presidential race on Tuesday.
As of 5:32 p.m. on Thursday, Marcos was still leading the partial and unofficial count of votes with 31,104,084 votes.
Meanwhile, Duterte also maintains a huge lead among other vice presidential candidates with 31,561,775 votes as of the same period.
A total of 55,196,968 votes out of the 67,442,616 registered voters have already come in as of posting. A total of 98.35% of the election returns have been processed so far.—LDF, GMA News