[Statement] SENTRO Condemns the Killing of a Union Organizer in Cavite

SENTRO joins the NAGKAISA in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the assassination of Leonides “Dennis” Sequeña, a veteran trade union organizer and vice-chairperson of the Cavite Chapter of Partido Manggagawa (PM). He is the latest to join the growing list of martyred trade union leaders in the country.

Dennis Sequeña was shot and killed earlier today, June 2, 2019, in Brgy. Bunga, Tanza, Cavite while meeting a group of workers. He was shot by a gunman who arrived riding in tandem on a motorcycle. The gunman and his accomplice escaped using the same motorcycle. Sequena was brought to the General Trias Maternity and Pediatric Hospital but doctors failed to revive him.

“We call on the government to immediately and thoroughly investigate this dastardly act and ensure that the mastermind is brought to justice immediately,” Josua Mata, SENTRO Secretary-General said.

SENTRO was informed that Dennis Sequeña is currently working on several petitions for certification election in three companies inside the Cavite Export Processing Zone in Rosario.

“This, once again, proves that the country continues to be dangerous for trade unionists, whose only crime is to assert their workers’ and trade union rights guaranteed by the Constitution,” Mata said.

In 2018, the International Confederation of Trade Unions (ITUC) included the Philippines in the 10 worst countries for workers’ rights.

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