Union Leader Missing
Posted 5:50 p.m. March 8, 2006
The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR)
reported today that Rogelio Concepcion, 36, has been missing since 10:00
p.m. March 6.
The victim is officer-in-charge of Solid Development Corp.
Workers Association (SDCWA), the workers’ union of the Solid Development
Corp. (SDC), a manufacturing company that produces thread, in San
Ildefonso, Bulacan (66 km north of Manila).
The report said Concepcion’s family fears he was abducted
by suspected elements of the 24th Infantry Battalion of the
Philippine Army (IB PA) which is under the 7th Infantry
Division (ID) under the command of Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan.
The regional chapter of the human rights group Karapatan
(Alliance for the Advancement of Peoples’ Rights) said it has recorded 14
cases of political killings and nine cases of disappearances in the region
since January alone.
Rogelio's wife, Marissa, reported to the CTUHR that she
spotted a suspicious van parked near their house in the afternoon of March
6 and stayed there until late in the evening.
In its report to the CTUHR, the Kilusan ng Manggagawa sa
Bulacan (KMB of Alliance of Workers’ in Bulacan) said the same military
unit entered SDC and conducted military census on its workers in Nov.
2005. The military has since stayed at the factory’s compound.
At about the same period, the KMB report said Concepcion
and Ador Vasalio, the former president of the union, complained of heavy
surveillance at their homes.
On May last year, the union staged a strike because of
management's refusal to recognize the union despite the Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE) decision declaring SDCWA as the workers' sole
and exclusive bargaining agent. Bulatlat
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