Ka Leody to prioritize workers' welfare, not businessmen's, if elected president

Presidential aspirant Leody "Ka Leody" de Guzman will prioritize workers and the people, and not the businessmen, if elected in the position.

During Kapisanan ng Broadkaster ng Pilipinas' presidential forum on Friday, de Guzman laid out his plans and platforms, which mostly focus on the welfare of the workers, farmers, fishermen and other employees.

"I-re-eorient ang ating sistema sa ekonomiya. Sa halip na unahin ang kapakanan ng mga negosyante, uunahin ang kapakananan ng kabuhayan at kagalingan ng ating mamamayan (We will re-orient our economic system. Instead of prioritizing the welfare of the businessmen, we will prioritize the welfare of the people through employment and competency) ," de Guzman, a labor leader, said.

"Dapat kabuhayan ng mamamayan hindi tubo (We should focus on employment, not profit)," he added.

If he becomes the country's leader, de Guzman will stop the practice of contractualization through abolishing manpower agencies. He will also raise the salaries in the province and make them similar to what is being given in Metro Manila.

The presidential aspirant will also encourage labor unions to empower them as well as give additional funding to the agriculture and fishing industries.

To address social inequality, de Guzman said he will impose a hefty 20 percent tax on the country's top 500 wealthiest people.

With regards to the people, he will promote a "direct democracy" through empowering the people to engage in the government. The country's democracy must not focus on the "elitists," he added.

De Guzman will also restore human rights to give justice to those abused and give autonomy to the Moro people.

His government, he added, will take charge of the basic services, including water, electricity and roads, to lessen the bills charged to the people due to their privatization.