KMU DISMAYED BY VICE MAYOR PAOLO DUTERTE’S ACTIONS

Lifting from the statement:

KMU DISMAYED BY VICE MAYOR PAOLO DUTERTE’S ACTIONS

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao expresses dismay over the actions of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte in front of striking workers on May 30 at the Nakashin Davao International, Inc. at Malagamot Panacan, Davao City.

To the shock of KMU and the striking workers of Nakashin Davao International, an irate VM Duterte lashed out and hurled expletives at Ka Romualdo “Dodong” Basilio, a regional official of KMU-SMR that day at the picketline.

Worse, VM Duterte berated and threw invectives at Ka Dodong Basilio such as “Putang ina ka…” “Ikaw ra makinabang ani”… “Ugok”….”Putang ina, badyak-badyakan tika dira karon…” “Bungol man siguro ka… tan-awa imong tiyan dako kaayo…” (Verbatim translation: “Your mother is a whore”… “Only you will benefit from this,”… “Idiot”…. “Your mother is a whore… I will give you a beating”… “Are you deaf? Look at your huge belly!”). Such conduct is unbecoming of a government official particularly when in the midst of an ongoing labor dispute. VM Duterte’s actions are abusive and should not be countenanced.

VM Duterte’s views are a stark contrast to that of his father President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made a powerful stand towards ending contractualization in the country.

In light of this, we seek VM Duterte’s apology. KMU Southern Mindanao does not disregard VM Duterte’s efforts in providing the workers a venue for dialogue with Nakashin. However, his current status in society does not give him license to disparage other lowly citizens, especially ordinary workers.

Kmu Southern Mindanao Region's photo.


 

KILUSANG MAYO UNO – SOUTHERN MINDANAO
PRESS STATEMENT
Mayo 31, 2016

KMU dismayed over Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte’s actions

Labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao expresses dismay over the actions of Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo “Pulong” Duterte in front of striking workers on May 30 at the Nakashin Davao International, Inc. at Malagamot Panacan, Davao City.

To the shock of KMU and the striking workers of Nakashin Davao International, an irate VM Duterte lashed out and hurled expletives at Ka Romualdo “Dodong” Basilio, a regional official of KMU-SMR that day at the picketline.

There is no truth to VM Duterte’s accusation that Dodong Basilio must be blamed for the collapse of negotiations with the owner of Nakashin regarding the demands of the striking workers.

There is no truth to VM Duterte’s statement that on Saturday (May 28), an agreement to dismantle the strike camp had been reached between Duterte and the striking workers and that it was KMU that reneged on that agreement.

The truth is VM Duterte dialogued with the workers at the request of the owner of Nakashin who wanted the workers to stop barricading the company gate so that the company can resume its operations. On Saturday, what emerged from the dialogue was the commitment of the workers that they will not hesitate to end the barricade if a written settlement agreement will be reached to settle the issue between the strikers and Nakashin.

During the same dialogue, VM Duterte announced that the Japanese owner of Nakashin has agreed to give the demands of the workers such as backwages and regularization. VM Duterte also announced that his office will prepare a draft agreement and will send the draft that same day (Saturday) for the workers’ review.

The workers waited until late evening on Saturday but no draft agreement came from VM Duterte’s office. Since no agreement had been reached thus far between Nakashin on Saturday, the workers did not dismantle the barricade.

The workers decided to continue the strike, contrary to VM Duterte’s accusation that Dodong Basilio commanded the workers to push on. The workers waited for the promised agreement and they waited in vain.

Worse, VM Duterte berated and threw invectives at Dodong Basilio such as “Putang ina ka…” “Ikaw ra makinabang ani”… “Ugok”….”Putang ina, badyak-badyakan tika dira karon…” “Bungol man siguro ka… tan-awa imong tiyan dako kaayo…” (Verbatim translation: “Your mother is a whore”… “Only you will benefit from this,”… “Idiot”…. “Your mother is a whore… I will give you a beating”… “Are you deaf? Look at your huge belly!”). Such conduct is unbecoming of a government official particularly when in the midst of an ongoing labor dispute. VM Duterte’s actions are abusive and should not be countenanced.

In addition, we view the appearance of Atty. Manases “Mans” Carpio, brother-in-law of VM Duterte and husband of incoming Mayor Inday Sara Duterte at the picketline as a lawyer for Nakashin as conflict of interest.

VM Duterte missed a significant fact in his handling of the Nakashin strike. It is Nakashin who first violated labor laws and not the striking workers. Nakashin is guilty of “labor-only contracting” or the hiring of contractual workers for usually necessary and desirable services. Such practice is illegal in our laws because workers who perform these tasks should be regularized. Instead they are made perpetual contractuals under labor agencies.

Nakashin has long violated labor laws which have deprived workers of their right to job security, not to mention long-standing unfair labor practices and harsh treatment of its workers who are made to work up to 14 hours every day and are not allowed to sit down.

It is not only the 75 striking workers who are victims of labor rights violations committed by Nakashin but covers more than 200 workers of the company.

If VM Duterte is sincere in helping the workers, why not demand first from Nakashin, a foreign-owned company, to comply with Philippine labor laws which ban labor-only contracting and the degrading treatment of workers?

VM Duterte’s contempt against Dodong Basilio shows his contempt for the workers and Kilusang Mayo Uno, thereby exposing himself to be on the side of capitalists. Ka Dodong Basilio has served the working class as a labor leader for 29 years and his record of commitment and dedication to the upliftment of the lives of workers is unimpeachable. Ka Dodong lives simply and from the beginning of his service until now as a labor leader and negotiator for the workers, he has not accepted any personal favors or bribes from capitalists.

VM Duterte’s views are a stark contrast to that of his father President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made a powerful stand towards ending contractualization in the country.

Contractualization is a scheme imposed by neoliberal policies under a global capitalist system. Ending contractualization requires strong political will and decisive actions from those who lead our nation of which upholding the right to security of tenure should be given supremacy.

In light of this, we seek VM Duterte’s apology. KMU Southern Mindanao does not disregard VM Duterte’s efforts in providing the workers a venue for dialogue with Nakashin. However, his current status in society does not give him license to disparage other lowly citizens, especially ordinary workers.

Lastly, we are bringing the case of Nakashin workers to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte. We remain hopeful that President Duterte can provide intervention and immediate assistance to the workers who have been stripped of their livelihoods.###

Reference Person:
Carl Anthony “Carlo” Olalo
Secretary-general, KMU Southern Mindanao
09123861000

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One Response to KMU DISMAYED BY VICE MAYOR PAOLO DUTERTE’S ACTIONS

  1. Neo says:

    I symphatize with all of you, (workers). You are all at the mercy in the hands of just one family, including your president elect duterte, who are just simply exercising their very strong ways of leadership as: THE JUDGE, JURY, & EXECUTIONERS! Remember likewise that blood is thicker than water!

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