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Ilang mga organisasyon, ipinanawagan ang paglaya ng PISTON 6 at Cebu 8

Nagtipon ang UP Diliman Drivers Association, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) at Sine Sanyata upang ipanawagan ang pagpapalaya ng PISTON 6 at Cebu 8.

Ayon kay Elmer Bong Labog, Chairperson ng KMU, ang pagtitipon ay pagpapakita ng pagkundena sa pagaresto sa Piston 6. Dagdag pa niya, ang ginawa lamang ng mga drayber ay paglaban sa kagustuhan na bumalik sa lansangan pagkatapos ng dalawang buwan na lockdown na walang seryosong ayuda.

Ipinahayag din nila na suporta para sa Cebu 8, na inaresto nitong Hunyo 5 pagkatapos ng isang mapayapang protesta kontra sa Anti-terror Bill

Parehong kinukondena ng KMU at ng nga organisasyon ang panghuhuli sa PISTON 6 at CEBU 8, at kagyat na palayain ang mga binilanggo.# (Con Montajes/Kodao)

‘Secretary Lopez is acting like Pontious Pilate’

“Secretary Lopez is acting like Pontious Pilate, refusing government’s responsibility in ensuring safe mass transportation to hundreds of thousands of workers going to work under MECQ. Naghuhugas-kamay siya sa pananagutan ng gobyerno sa mga manggagawa.”

 Elmer “Bong” Labog

 Chairperson, Kilusang Mayo Uno

Carlo Francisco

Bakit Kailangang Gunitain ang Araw ng Paggawa Kahit sa Gitna ng Pandemyang Corona?

Tuwing Mayo Uno, ginugunita ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa. Ang paggunitang ito ay hindi lamang simpleng pagdiriwang o pag-alala. Ito rin ay isang mahalagang pagkakataon para sa uring manggagawa upang magpahayag ng paninindigan laban sa mapang-aping sistemang kapitalismo na nagsasamantala sa kanilang uri at yumuyurak sa kanilang karapatan.

Sabi nga, hindi mabubuo ang isang taon na walang Mayo 1, na kahalintulad ng hindi mabubuo ang isang produkto kung walang manggagawa.

Sa Pilipinas, taong 1903 nang unang gunitain ang Araw ng Paggawa na naganap sa Maynila. Pinangunahan ito ng Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas, ang unang labor federation sa bansa. Dinaluhan ito ng daang libong manggagawa na nagmartsa mula Plaza Moriones sa Tondo patungong Malacanang para ipanawagan ang makataong kundisyon sa paggawa at pagwawakas ng imperyalismong Estados Unidos sa bansa.

Noong Abril 8, 1908 naman ay ang unang araw ng pagkilala sa Mayo Uno bilang isang national holiday matapos isabatas ito ng noo’y Philippine Assembly.

Sa pangunguna ng iba’t ibang pederasyon ng mga manggagawa, taon-taong nang ginugunita ito na nakapagpanalo ng maraming karapatan ng tinatamasa ng manggagawa ngayon. Kabilang dito ang walong-oras lamang na pagtatrabaho, dagdag na sahod at benepisyo, mas ligtas na lugar pagawaan, karapatang mag-unyon at magwelga, at marami pang iba.

Subalit simula Dekada Nubenta, pinauso ng mga tusong kapitalista ang kontraktwalisasyon. Lalo pang nanatiling mababa ang sahod ng mga manggagawa at tinanggal ang maraming benepisyong pinagbusiwan ng dugo at pawis na ipanalo. Habang tumitindi ang krisis ng kapitalismo, lalong nagiging mabangis ang sistemang kanyang nilikha laban sa manggagawa.

Maging sa panahon na iba pang uri ng krisis, katulad ngayong nananalasa ang pandemya ng corona virus, ang manggagawa pa rin ang una sa mga napapabayaan at inaapi. Milyong manggagawang Pilipino ang nawawalan ng hanapbuhay na wala namang inaasahang tulong para sa kanilang lahat.

Kung kaya, ngayong taon, sa kabila ng lockdown, ay marapat na militanteng gunitain ang ika-117 taon ng Araw ng Paggawa. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, ipagdiriwang ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa sa Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng online.

Giyera, batas militar, pandemya, hindi papipigil ang militanteng manggagawang Pilipino na manindigan at ipaglaban ang isang lipunang makatarungan, na ang manggagawa ang siyang unang makikinabang bilang tagapaglikha ng yaman at ng kasaysayan. #


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‘Government made financial aid to workers even more inaccessible’

“Where is government when workers need financial aid? DOLE was able to provide assistance to only less than 300,000 workers when millions of workers are displaced in Luzon alone. The government made financial aid to workers even more inaccessible after it stopped receiving applications for CAMP (COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program).”

Jerome Adonis

Secretary-General, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU)

Carlo Francisco

KMU: Police in industrial zones violate labor rights

Labor federation Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) condemned the creation of police offices in Central Luzon industrial zones, saying the move violates the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to form and join organizations.

The KMU blasted Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region III and the Rodrigo Duterte government’s National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) as the agencies announced the creation of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concern Office (JIPCO) to prevent militant labor groups from organizing unions in the region.

“The creation of the JIPCO is a direct attack on workers’ basic right to form unions –our legitimate means to collectively fight for our basic interests and welfare as workers. The JIPCO is meant to stifle not the so-called ‘radical labor infiltration’ but the workers’ very right to exercise self-organization and union work,” KMU Chairperson Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog said.

PNP Central Luzon director Police General Rhodel Sermonia last Wednesday, January 22, led JIPCO’s launch at the Clark Freeport Zone in Zambales Province “to act as the first line of defense from radical labor infiltration of the labor force and the industrial zones in support of ELCAC (End Local Communist Armed Conflict).”

With Sermonia as guests of honor and speakers were presidential adviser on the peace process Secretary Carlito Galvez, newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Direcor General Archie Francisco Gamboa, and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director Charito Plaza. 

The KMU however said there can be no peace anywhere in the Philippines if the PNP, known for criminal and deadly practices such as “ninja cops” and “Oplan Tokhang”, are tasked to prevent unionism in factories and workplaces.

The group also noted that both the PNP and Philippine Army have repeatedly accused militant labor unions of being supporters of the underground communist movement in the Philippines. The creation of a JIPCO is precisely aimed to prevent organizing of unions which will affect the entire labor sector, it added.

“The [NTF-ELCAC] has been weaponized to the extent of violating fundamental rights of workers to form unions, which are clearly provided in the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution, as well as International Conventions. The JIPCO in effect bans the existence of any union and all unions in Central Luzon,” said KMU’s Labog.

The militant labor group charged that the JIPCO is a project of the National Task Force- End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which was created through Executive Order No. 70.

“That the JIPCO is a mechanism to defend industrial zones from radical labor in support of the ELCAC is all rhetoric for crushing legitimate people’s organizations carrying legitimate demands, such as unions calling for higher wages, regular work and implementation of labor standards, especially in Economic Zones which are not regulated by the Labor Department,” Labog said.

The labor leader also added that “only the few big capitalists stand to benefit from the eradication of unions in the economic zones.”

The KMU Chairman asked workers and the people to launch actions and engage all institutions to stop JIPCO even as it looks for possible legal actions against the PNP and PEZA. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

Workers commemorate Andres Bonifacio’s 156th birth anniversary with protest rally

Workers held a protest rally in front of the US Embassy in Manila on Bonifacio Day, November 30, 2019, in commemoration of the 156th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio.

As they condemned the police for blocking their path towards Roxas Boulevard, Jerome Adonis, Kilusang Mayo Uno secretary general, said the security forces have acted like the civil guards (guardia civil) Bonifacio fought against when he led the Philippine revolution against Spanish colonialism.

The workers said their rally in front of the Embassy was to denounce US imperialism in the Philippines.

Activists later held a similar protest action near the Chinese Consulate in Makati City. (Video by Jek Alcaraz/Kodao)

Ulat sa isinagawang national solidarity at fact-finding mission sa Negros

Nagsagawa ng National Solidarity and Fact Finding Mission ang mga progresibong grupo sa naganap na pagsalakay sa mga opisina ng mga organisasyon at pag-aresto sa 57 na aktibista sa Negros noong Oktubre 31.

Pinuntahan nila ang mga opisina ng Bayan Muna, National Federation of Sugar Workers, Gabriela, Anakpawis at Kilusang Mayo Uno sa Bacolod City. Binisita din nila ang bahay ni Makabayan Negros coordinator Romulo Bito-on Jr. na isa rin sa inaresto ng mga pulis at militar.

Nalaman nila na maraming iregularidad sa mga ginawang raid gayundin ang ilegal na pagtanim ng mg baril at granada para makulong ang mga nasabing aktibista. Nakalaya ang 21 na manggagawa ng Ceres Bus Line at 11 miyembro ng Teatro Obrero matapos i-utos ng Prosecutors Office na walang basehan ang kaso para sa kanila.

Sa ngayon ay 13 pa ang nakakulong kung saan 9 ang kinasuhan ng illegal possession of firearms and explosives. (Background Music For Videos TV and Radio – by AShamaluevMusic Bidyo ni: Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

Activists vow legal pushback vs state forces

By Visayas Today

BACOLOD CITY–Those responsible for the October 31 mass arrest in Bacolod City, from state security personnel to the judge who issued the search warrants, should expect a wave of countercharges to hold them accountable, activist groups have vowed.

“We will make sure there will be countercharges,” Bacolodnon Neri Colmenares, who chairs the Bayan Muna party-list and used to represent it in Congress, told a press conference Thursday, November 7.

In all, the joint police and Army units under the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict that carried out the raids on three offices and a private residence in Bacolod City arrested and detained 57 persons, among them a dozen minors.

They claimed to have recovered more than 30 firearms and some explosives from the offices of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, women’s organization Gabriela – both in Barangay Bata – and the National Federation of Sugar Workers in front of the Libertad market, and the home of Romulo and Mermalyn Bito-on in Barangay Taculing.

The security forces said the offices, particularly the compound that houses the office of Bayan and other groups, were being used to train “recruits,” including minors, of the New People’s Army.

However, on November 6, 32 of those arrested – 21 laid off workers of Vallacar Transit who were consulting the Kilusang Mayo Uno and 11 members of cultural group Teatro Obrero, all arrested at the Bayan office – were released after the city prosecutor dropped the charges against them.

Only 11 persons remain in detention, seven of them facing non-bailable charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Colmenares said the release of the 32 “proves the falsity of the charges” that those arrested were rebels and that the offices were training facilities.

He said those they intend to charge, both before trial courts and the Office of the Ombudsman, include the “generals, colonels,” and enlisted personnel of police and Army units that carried out the raids, prosecutors, judges who issue “fake” warrants, and the “false witnesses” on whose testimonies the warrants were based.’

The search warrants covering the Bacolod raids were all issued by Quezon City Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert. She also issued the warrants that led to the arrests of two other activists in Escalante City and at least five others in Manila around the same time as the Bacolod raids.

While there is a special rule issued by the Supreme Court allowing the RTC executive judges of Manila and Quezon City to issue warrants for areas outside their jurisdiction, activists accuse Villavert of abusing this privilege and issuing “wholesale” warrants that abet human rights violations.

Colmenares said among the charges the security forces can expect are those related to their alleged “planting” of evidence and violations of the anti-torture law. #

Pag-aresto sa maraming aktibista, kinondena

Mariing kinundena ng Bagong Alyansang Makabayan at iba pang aktibistang organisasyon ang pag-aresto sa mga kapwa nilang aktibista sa Lungsod ng Bacolod at Maynila kamakailan.

Nagprotesta sa harapan ng Camp Crame ang mga aktibista upang ipanawagan ang agarang pagpapalaya sa 57 indibidwal na anila’y iligal na inaresto. (Bidyo ni Jek Alcaraz/Kodao)

21 sacked Ceres workers among Bacolod raid detainees – Bayan

By Visayas Today

Twenty-one laid off workers of the Ceres Bus line who were consulting a labor leader were among the 55 persons (not 62 as earlier reported by authorities) arrested and detained in simultaneous raids last week on four locations in Bacolod City that state forces claimed harbored communist rebels in training.

This was bared by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, which held a press conference in Metro Manila on Sunday, November 3, to denounce what it called the “tanim baril, tanim ebidensya” (planting of guns and evidence) tactics alleged used by the Army and police to justify the raids and boost their claims that those arrested are members of the rebel movement.

Also nabbed and detained were 25 youth, among them 13 minors, of the grassroots cultural group Teatro Obrero who were rehearsing for a presentation of their play “Papa Isio,” on the legendary Negros hero of the revolution against Spain and the war against America.

The youth and Ceres workers were among those arrested at a compound in a residential area of Barangay Bata that serves as the office of leftist party-list Bayan Muna and other organizations. The Army and police claim the place, where 30 firearms and explosives were supposedly recovered, served as a “training area” for rebel recruits, including potential “child warriors.”

Also netted in the raids were several officers of progressive groups like the National Federation of Sugar Workers, Kilusang Mayo Uno and Karapatan, all of which the government and state forces openly tag as “legal fronts” of the rebels, and Anne Krueger of the alternative media outfit Paghimutad, all of whom were accused of being part of the rebels’ regional leadership in Negros.

Aside from those arrested in the October 31 Bacolod raids, two succeeding raids in Escalante City on November 1 also led to the apprehension of NFSW staff Imelda Sultan and Ma. Lindy Perucho. As with the Bacolod operations, the Escalante raiders also claimed to have recovered weapons and explosives from the two women.

Also on October 31, Cora Agovida, the Metro Manila chairperson of Gabriela, and her husband Michael Tan Bartolome of the urban poor group Kadamay, were arrested and weapons and explosive also supposedly seized.

Incidentally, all the search warrants used as the basis for the raids were issued on October 30 by Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89.

Bayan, in a statement, said the raids signified “how low the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines have sunk in their effort to comply with Duterte’s orders to crack down on activists and political dissenters.”

It also noted the similarities in the operations:

1. Police gets a search warrant from a friendly, uninformed or intimidated judge, in this case from Quezon City which is outside the area of jurisdiction where the operation is made;
2. Occupants of the raided office or home are forced to go outside while police operatives, some in plain clothes, come in to search the area;
3. Occupants are then allowed back in only to discover illegal guns and explosives that police allege were found in their possession;
4. All persons are then arrested, detained and interrogated for prolonged periods while being denied their right to their lawyer or to be visited by relatives and friends. In the worst case like the Kanlaon, Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina incidents last March 30, 14 farmers were killed by police serving such search warrants;
5. To justify and muddle their illegal conduct, police and military officials go the rounds of the media vilifying the victims and claiming that these are members or supporters of the New People’s Army.

Bayan called the raids “a portent of worse things to come” and predicted “an escalation of the Duterte regime’s fascist crackdown on groups and individuals critical of the government, whose crime is to merely exercise their constitutional right to organize, express and seek redress for their grievances.” #