Like Cesar Muanag, the latest worker to die, the other victims of electrocution in the Philippines’ biggest oil palm plantation were all “casual” employees despite having worked there from two to 12 years.
Month: March 2013
Appeals court holds military accountable for disappearance of Jonas Burgos
“I earnestly pray that this decision would lead us to Jonas and to the names of those involved so that justice may (finally) be served…The ultimate measure of success is our recovery of Jonas.” – Edita Burgos, Jonas’s mother
Aquino’s new labor laws viewed as ‘Trojan horse’ vs workers
The two newly-signed labor laws mandating tripartism and compulsory arbitration effectively weaken unions and their power of collective action to bargain for better working conditions.
Detained tribe leader released
For two days, more than 200 members of the Manobo tribe under the leadership of Mapasu, along with their supporters from other sectors, trooped to the Tandag City Jail to demand the release of Campos.
UP students pay last respects to Kristel
“Dear Kristel, we are thankful that you reminded every iskolar that education is a right and must be accessible to all.”
Militant peasants in the heart of Cebu City
Both the KMP congress and the conference concluded with the peasants’ firm resolution to press for a genuine agrarian reform program that allows no exemption from coverage and that calls for the free redistribution of land.
Part of the problem
In time, those armed with the perspective that forgets, ignores, or dismisses as passé in the age of globalization and privatization the reasons why UP was founded became dominant in a succession of UP administrations.
UP wake-up call
By being defensive and resorting to the distasteful tack of insinuating that serious family problems likely triggered the suicide, UP officials not only miss the entire point but also the opportunity to confront the real problems plaguing the entire university.
Rights groups call for transparency on selection of Victims Claims Board
Human rights group Karapatan is calling for a transparent and credible process on the selection of members of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board.
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Ang kanilang pakikidalamhati
Ni RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA (Para ulit kay Kristel Tejada, 16) Nakidalamhati sila sa pamilya ng patay– badha sa mukha ang panghihinayang lungkot ang tinig, balikat ay lungayngay. Ang wika nila’y ganito: “Ipinagutos kahapon ang pagrebisa nitong patakaran sa matrikula.” “Wala kaming magagawa sa palisiya ng mga eskwela.” “‘Wag sanang katasin ng mga militante ang kamatayan…