Drivers, workers protest jeepney phaseout

Thousands of public utility jeepney drivers under the No to Jeepeney Phaseout Coalition were joined by workers of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) in a protest rally at Mendiola a week before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.

Among the workers are miners and banana plantation workers from Mindanao regions. They are protesting neoliberal policies and martial law as favoring foreign big business interests.

Workers set up a protest camp at Mendiola leading to the big People’s SONA rally on July 24, 2017.

(Music “Beep, Beep” by Juan de la Cruz Band) Read more

Labor day rallies call on Duterte to end contractualization

LABOR and activist groups led the 35,000-strong International Labor Day rally in Manila last May 1 that called on the Rodrigo Duterte government to fulfill its promise to end labor-only contracting of Filipino workers, among other demands.

Drawing strength from recent victories of various mass campaigns such as successful labor strikes and occupation of vacant government housing units, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU, May 1 Movement)-organized event drew a total of 100,000 workers and activists across the Philippines in the biggest Labor Day mobilization in years.

KMU said the event was part of the preparations for the centennial celebrations of Russia’s Great October Revolution of 1917 led by V.I. Lenin.

Here is a short video of Manila’s Labor Day 2017 rally. (ILPS-Philippines)


LARAWAN: International Labor Day 2017

Welcome Rotunda to Mendiola, Manila
May 1, 2017

HTI fire: Where are the 1,328 workers?

A FACT-FINDING mission has accused House Technology Industries (HTI), the Cavite provincial government and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) of covering up the real number of casualties at the massive February 1 Cavite factory fire.

In a press conference with the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives, the mission said 1,328 workers have yet to be accounted for by the company and its recruitment agencies. Read more

Workers support peace talks

Workers led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (May First Movement) trooped to Mendiola, Manila on June 24, 2016 to support the peace talks between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the government under President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. They called for the release of all political prisoners.

(Contributed video by ILPS Philippines)

Progressives to Duterte: Fulfill promise to free political prisoners

PROGRESSIVE GROUPS called on Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte to fulfill his promise to free political prisoners once he assumes the presidency.

In a rally outside Camp Crame on June 10, militant laborers and human rights workers said political prisoners such as Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria must be freed to help in the peace process between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH). Read more

16th Congress fails SSS pensioners

THE LIBERAL PARTY-LED House of Representatives (HOR) again frustrated efforts to override President Benigno Aquino’s veto of the bill giving Php2,000 monthly increase to Social Security System (SSS) pensioners.

Only 189 representatives were present at the final regular session of the 16th Congress as of five o’clock yesterday afternoon, four short of the required 193 to vote on the measure. Read more

EDITORIAL CARTOON: Workers’ retribution



As big Philippine business deny they practice contractualization, tens of thousands of workers march today, International Labor Day, to expose the ugly reality.  Kilusang Mayo Uno said that only 10 percent of the local labor force are unionized because employers and the government implemented contractualization to try to kill unionism and further exploit Philippine labor.

EDSA 30th – people’s rage

On the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power, demonstrators led by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and affiliates of the Philippines chapter of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Phils) broke through layers of police and army phalanx to assert national freedom and democracy and say no to another Marcos.