Statement on the Murder Charges Filed Against Union Leaders in Maragusan, Compostela Valley

Statement on the Murder Charges Filed Against Union Leaders in Maragusan, Compostela Valley
March 12, 2014

PRESS STATEMENT

KILUSANG MAYO UNO SOUTHERN MINDANAO
Statement on the Murder Charges Filed Against Union Leaders in Maragusan, Compostela Valley

Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao condemns the filing of trumped up murder charges against ARTEMIO ROBILLA and DANILO DELEGENCIA, union leaders from Maragusan, Compostela Valley. Artemio Robilla (Union President) and Danilo Delegencia (BOD Member) of Maragusan DOLE-STANFILCO Workers’ Union are facing criminal charges for the killing of DOLE-STANFILCO supervisor Notalio Mamon last February 3, 2014.

The charges are utterly false and politically motivated. Both leaders have been unwavering defenders of workers’ rights in Maragusan, a heavily militarized area in Compostela Valley where the connivance of big business and state armed forces has served to viciously repress workers’ right to organize and freedom of association. Robilla and Delegencia were instrumental in helping illegally dismissed workers claim retirement benefits which DOLE STANFILCO refused to pay last year, in violation of the Labor Code.

We believe this criminalization of union leaders is a dastardly act of retribution and repression masterminded by DOLE STANFILCO and the Armed Forces of the Philippines and fueled by the regime’s Oplan Bayanihan in an attempt to stamp out militant trade unionism in the area. We call on all advocates of worker’s rights to condemn this harassment and hold the BS Aquino administration accountable through statements and other activities showing condemnation.

Robilla and Delegencia are genuine trade union leaders and are not criminals!

Denounce DOLE STANFILCO for political harassment against our leaders!

Withdraw the trumped up murder charges against Robilla and Delegencia!

Stop trade union repression!Junk Oplan Bayanihan!

Reference:Romualdo Basilio, KMU SMR secretary general, 09066525498

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