PROGRESSIVE groups in Davao City are urging voters in the 2022 elections to reject the tandem of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

In a press statement, Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao Region (KMU-SMR) said the "BBM-Sara" tandem "is the representative of the alliance of the majority of the ruling political class in the country."

The labor group made the statement during the commemoration of the 158th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio on November 30, 2021, wherein a rally was organized at the Freedom Park along Roxas Avenue in the city.

"The Filipinos should reject candidates that are present-day Magdalos like the Bongbong Marcos-Sara Duterte tandem," KMU-SMR said in a statement.

Magdalo is a faction of the Katipunan chapter. General Emilio Aguinaldo, leader of the said faction and recognized as the first Philippine president, is pinpointed as the mastermind behind Bonifacio's death.

"Bonifacio's ideals never realized because the Magdalo group of Emilio Aguinaldo succeeded with their ill-fated plan," the group said. "They neutralized Bonifacio and proceeded to control the government by serving their personal interests, favoring the landlords and capitalists, and being a lackey to the US [United States] imperialism."

The former senator is the son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, while the incumbent mayor is the daughter of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.

KMU also said that President Duterte also represents the idealism of the Magdalos for "being subservient" to US and China's "neoliberal policies."

The group claimed the country's national debt had doubled in just five years under the Duterte government with P11.92 trillion in September this year.

They also said the Build, Build, Build infrastructure program does not reflect in the country's development.

"Rather, it is a milking cow for Duterte and his favored contractors," KMU said.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Mindanao Region also slammed the "Uniteam Alliance" of the Marcos-Duterte tandem.

The Uniteam alliance is composed of Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP), Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD), Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), and Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Lakas-CMD has produced two presidents -- Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, its president emeritus. PMP is the party of ousted president Joseph Estrada, father of current party president Jinggoy Estrada.

"Sa pagkuntsyabuhay sa mga mangtas na kanhing presidente ug politiko sa kasaysayan, damhon nato nga mas mudako ang utang sa nasod, magpadayon ang pagkunhod sa atong ekonomiya, mugrabe ang pagpamatay ug iligal nga pagpangdakop, ug magpabiling gutom ug pobre ang yanong Pilipino samtang mas mudato ang mga politikong trapo [traditional politicians] (With the uniting of the cruel former presidents and politicians in history, we are expecting a larger debt in the country resulting in our economy going down, along with the rampant killing and illegal detention, and the marginalized sector would remain hungry while the ‘trapo’ will get richer)," Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said in a statement.

Both groups also slammed the current administration's Covid-19 response.

They also called for the abolition of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, which they claimed had not resolved insurgency among communities and "rather exacerbates people's rights violation."

Both Marcos and Duterte-Carpio have not yet issued their respective statements on this matter.

Lakas-CMD president and House Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez said the tandem of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio will "guide and steer" the Philippines “to the right direction.”