National Anti-Poverty Commission chairperson Liza Maza resigned from her post Monday (August 20), citing the cancellation of peace talks with the Left as the primary reason for her departure from the administration.
In a press conference, Maza said her resignation ks irrevocable.
“Kakapadala ko pa lang,” she said.
Maza said she took President Rodrigo Duterte’s termination of prace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as a sign that the administration is against reform and the poor.
“Kinitil nito ang natitira kong pag-asa na magbubunga ang usapang pangkapayapaan sa makabuluhamh repormang sosyo-ekonomiko at pulitikal na siyang magwawakas sa laganap na kahirapan at digmaan sa ating bansa,” she said.
Maza’s resignation came after a court junked murder charges and lifted the arrest warrant issued against her and three other former militant lawmakers.
The former Gabriela party-list representative went on leave as lead convenor of NAPC after an arrest warrant was issued against her and former Anakpawis Representative and former Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael Mariano, and former Bayan Muna Representatives Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casiño on July 11.
While Maza hailed the dismissal of charges against her and her colleagues in ten leftist movement, she said “similar attacks” against their group will continue to undermine her leadership at NAPC.
“As such, I simply can no longer work under these circumstances.”
Maza was the last leftist personality to serve under the Duterte administration after Mariano and former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo were not confirmed by the Commission on Appointments.
Meanwhile, Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor chair Terry Ridon was sacked over his alleged excessive travels.