Anakpawis: Mariano to replace Beltran in House

MANILA, Philippines — Former party-list congressman Rafael Mariano will be returning to the House of Representatives to replace the late Anakpawis (Toiling Masses) Representative Crispin Beltran, who died in an accident Tuesday.

This was confirmed Wednesday by Cherry Clemente, Anakpawis secretary general, and Carl Ala, spokesman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP, Peasant Movement of the Philippines).

In fact, the party-list group was already preparing the speech Mariano would deliver on his oath-taking, “hopefully by Monday next week,” Clemente said.

Mariano, who served as Anakpawis representative in the 13th Congress, is current president of the party-list and also KMP chairman.

Clemente said that Mariano is the “logical choice” to replace Beltran since the former congressman was the party-list group’s second nominee during the 2007 elections.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mariano avoided questions on his possible return to Congress, but said he would continue the work that Beltran had begun.

“The struggle continues. Ka Bel has shown continuous struggle in Congress to protect the laborers and farmers. He filed House Bill 3059, or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill, and House Bill 1722, the P125 wage hike to workers across the board,” Mariano said.

Mariano said they have compiled a list of 13 nominees to replace Beltran, but Clemente said this was just a “formality” and that the Anakpawis president would replace Beltran.

Abigail Kwok,

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