Bayan slams Marcos for 'leaving out' major issues in inaugural speech

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 30) — The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) criticized President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for being "very selective" in his inaugural speech, claiming the new leader failed to address major problems facing the Filipino masses, such as increasing oil prices.

In a statement, Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes expressed disappointment in Marcos' inauguration, saying he sees "no reasons to celebrate this day."

Reyes said Marcos used his time to highlight his father's "so-called legacy," while "conveniently avoiding any mention of the fascist dictatorship Marcos Sr. is most notorious for."

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He said major issues hounding ordinary Filipinos, such as "high oil prices, crushing taxes, low wages, and human rights" also were not stressed enough during the speech.

"[They] were altogether ignored or left out," Reyes said.

Reyes was also skeptical about Marcos' promise that he will "get things done" as the latter lacks "any concrete program."

"We should brace ourselves for more of the same," he said.

Groups, including Bayan and Anakbayan, staged protest rallies to show their disapproval of another Marcos ruling the Philippines.

Bayan's US chapter also held a protest in Times Square in New York City before the inauguration.