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[Press Release] DOJ asked to dismiss case vs. PALEA 241 -PALEA

DOJ asked to dismiss case vs. PALEA 241

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The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the case against 241 of its members for alleged violation of the Civil Aviation Authority Act (CAAA) even as it welcomed the filing of charges against a prosecutor for an extortion attempt. Yesterday DOJ assistant prosecutor Diosdado Solidum Jr. was freed after posting bail a day after the Ombudsman filed raps for mulcting P2.4 million from PALEA in return for the dropping of the CAAA case.

“It behooves the DOJ to dismiss the harassment case against the PALEA 241 because of a fatal flaw. Lawyers of Philippine Airlines do not have any clearance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in filing the case. Any complaint arising from a labor dispute requires such a clearance before civil courts can take jurisdiction,” asserted Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

A new DOJ prosecutor is now handling PALEA’s petition for review after Solidum was arrested in an entrapment operation Thursday last week. PALEA filed the petition for review after a Pasay fiscal found probable cause for violation of Section 81 of CAAA pertaining to disruption and destruction of airport services and facilities during PALEA’s protest against outsourcing in September 27, 2011.

“We salute DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima for her iron will to fight corruption within her department and in government as shown in the entrapment of Solidum and the crusade against Juliet Lim Napoles. But we urge her to struggle for justice too as workers are wronged by fiscals and prosecutors who make erroneous anti-labor decisions,” Rivera asserted.

Rivera added that the harassment case has a chilling effect on labor relations and is a clear and present danger to workers rights. “Labor protests will then be banned in the aviation industry with workers penalized by both imprisonment and fine in violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights. This will be a grave precedent and new special laws can then be enacted to deny workers the freedoms of assembly, expression, self-organization and strike,” he explained.

He explained that “The decision is void of any legal basis as no damages were committed to airport facilities. Moreover the case is a labor issue and thus prior authority from the DOLE and DOJ should have been secured prior to the filing of the complaint. The CAAA is also explicit in providing that ‘only the Director General’ can file the appropriate charges and not the PAL Vice-President of the Airport Services as in this case.”

Press Release
August 15, 2013
PALEA
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09157755073

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[Press Release] Freedom Ride raises awareness on Human Trafficking -Dakila

Freedom Ride raises awareness on Human Trafficking

Freedom Ride for a Traffic Free Philippines by Dakila

DAKILAAdvocates take on the fight against human trafficking to another level as they hold the first ever Freedom Ride on March 9, 2013 at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Cyclists wearing shirts printed with 1343 Anti-Trafficking hotline shall bike around the cities of Taguig, Manila, Pasay and Makati to spread awareness on human trafficking.

His Excellency Ambassador Ton Boon von Ochssee and Mrs. Martine Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands shall lead the Dutch contingent in the bike ride as combatting human trafficking is an important pillar of the Dutch foreign policy. Artists and celebrity advocates of the campaign will also join them in the ride.

According to musician and cycling enthusiast Nityalila Saulo, “The involvement of the cycling community in the fight against human trafficking is crucial to make people aware of the importance of knowing the red flags of human trafficking like how cyclists are aware of road signs so they can get to where they want to go safely.” She further added, “The participation of cyclists in this campaign will help deliver a strong message that there are always options available for people to avoid being trafficked and get to their destinations.”

The bike tour is organized by Dakila, a group of artists advocating social consciousness formation through creative platforms, in partnership with the Manila Fixed Gear, a group of urban cyclists who has incorporated cycling in their lifestyle, with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Department of Justice Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (DOJ-IACAT).

Ayeen Karunungan, spokesperson of the artist collective Dakila, said “Through this campaign, we want the public to always remember to Stop, Look, and Listen. In order to stop human trafficking, we must always look for the signs to avoid being trafficked and listen to the stories of those who were trafficked and most vulnerable to trafficking so that we may learn from it and contribute on ways to help combat trafficking. “

Every year around 300,000 to 400,000 Filipinos fall prey to human trafficking in their own country and abroad. The Freedom Ride is part of the Project Freedom Campaign of Dakila, which aims to raise public awareness on Human Trafficking and empower advocates and citizens to become watchdogs in their own communities by driving them into action through grassroots involvement and amplified action through mainstream and digital media.

The Freedom Ride is open to the public and will start at the Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill, Taguig. Assembly is at 7:00 am and ride out is at 7:30 am. For more information, visit http://dakila.org.ph/freedomproject/ .

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25 March 2013
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[Featured Site] C2C -Children Talk to Children

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Children Talk to Children About the UN CRC is a project that monitors the implementation of children’s rights in the Philippines.

The Children Talk to Children (C2C) About the UN CRC Project, a joint initiative of four child-led organizations that are based in Caloocan, Cavite and Pasay aims to strengthen the meaningful participation of greater number of children in CRC monitoring and campaign.

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[From the web] PALEA calls for release of detained member -allvoices.com

PALEA calls for release of detained member
by JuanManggagawa, allvoices.com
October 18, 2012

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) called for the release of Romeo Sayas, its member arrested in Malvar, Batangas and detained since Tuesday. “Free Romeo Sayas,” chanted hundreds of PALEA members as they marched this afternoon for the second straight day in front of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) In-Flight Center near the Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa, said that “The arrest of Romeo is a travesty of justice and we demand his immediate release.” He explained that Sayas should not have been arrested in the first place and the charges should have been dismissed outright. Rivera quoted the Department of Justice Ministry Circular No. 15 (Series of 1982) and the Department of Labor and Employment Order No. 40-G-03 (Series of 2010) that no criminal information can be filed against workers without the required clearance from the DOLE.

Sayas and another 38 PALEA members, including two women, were issued warrants of arrest by the Pasay City Municipal Trial Court branch 44 after finding probable cause to a grave coercion case filed by Philippine Airlines against workers who defended the protest camp when it was attacked by hired goons on October 29, 2011.

Meanwhile Renato Magtubo, national chair, announced that they are coordinating with other labor groups to raise funds for Sayas’ PhP 12,000 bail bond. “I appeal to workers organizations and labor advocates to chip in for a ‘Piso para sa paglaya ni Romeo Sayas’ drive as his incarceration may complicate his diabetes and gout, and also to alleviate his family’s agony who have suffered enough from his one year of joblessness.”

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[Press Release] PALEA condemns arrest of member -PM

PALEA condemns arrest of member

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) condemned the arrest of one of its members as it staged an indignation rally today in front of the Philippine Airlines (PAL) In-Flight Center near the Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

PALEA member Romeo Sayas was arrested and jailed in Malvar, Batangas yesterday. PALEA supporters from the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) chapter in Batangas immediately visited Sayas and reported that he is in good condition. Another 38 PALEA members, two of whom are women, also face detention once served arrest warrants issued by Pasay City Municipal Trial Court (MTC) Branch 44.

Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and PM vice chair declared that “The harassment case of grave coercion was filed by the old management of PAL against the PALEA 39 who valiantly defended the protest camp when it was attacked by hired goons on October 29, 2011.”

He also announced that PALEA is going to file a motion to quash or recall the warrant of arrest and is mobilizing its members for protests at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Aside from the case against the PALEA 39, there are two more criminal suits pending against union members due to the labor row. Rivera called on new PAL President Ramon Ang “to facilitate the resolution of the labor dispute by dropping the trumped up charges against our members which were filed under the old company management of Jaime Bautista.”

He explained that as enunciated in under DOJ Ministry Circular No. 15 (Series of 1982) and DOLE Order No. 40-G-03 (Series of 2010), no criminal information can be filed against workers without the required clearance from the DOLE. “Absent such clearance, the courts are mandated to dismiss the charges outright. Such a policy, started after the formal lifting of martial law, aims to resolve rather than aggravate labor disputes and regulate the proclivity of capitalists to
engage in harassment suits against workers,” Rivera elaborated.

PALEA also lambasted Pasay Assistant City Prosecutor Orlando Mariano and Judge Bibiano Colasito of the Pasay MTC Branch 44 for finding probable cause and ordering the issuance of arrest warrants against 39 PALEA members. “These officers of the court not only defied labor statutes but infringed on our members right to due process, and thus deserve to face administrative charges,” Rivera insisted.

He also denounced PAL lawyer Atty. Santiago “Sonny” Quial for “legal machinations.” Quial is running for district representative in Pasay for the coming elections. “As many PALEA members are Pasay voters, we will make sure that a law breaker does not become a law maker,” Rivera claimed.

Press Release
October 17, 2012
PALEA
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09157755073

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[Press Release] PALEA slams arrest warrants on 39 members

PALEA slams arrest warrants on 39 members

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) slammed a Pasay judge for an order to issue warrants of arrests against 39 of its members. The arrest warrants arose from a case of grave coercion filed by Philippine Airlines (PAL) management. “On October 29, 2011, hired goons attacked the PALEA protest camp and then PAL management tried to turn tables by filing trumped up charges against active union members. This harassment case is meant to pressure PALEA members to surrender our fight for regular jobs,” declared Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

Last August 15, Judge Bibiano Colasito of the Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 44 ordered that warrants of arrests be issued after a finding of probable cause. Rivera vowed that PALEA will not give up its fight and instead challenge the decision of the court. “This issue proceeds from the labor dispute between PAL and PALEA, and thus before any civil court intervenes it must first secure a clearance from the Department of Labor and Employment or the Department of Justice which did not happen in this case,” he clarified.

In the October 29 incident, half of the protest camp was torn down, a PALEA member was severely injured in the face by an attacker and one of the goons by the name of Johnny dela Cruz from Malabon was caught but later released by the police.

“In the course of almost one year of unwavering protest against outsourcing, it is clear that there will be no industrial peace at PAL without justice for its workers. Even the new PAL CEO Ramon Ang has recognized it after hearing PAL employees who spoke at the annual stockholders meeting last August 31. Ang responded that management will talk to PALEA to find a solution to the labor dispute,” Rivera said.

He also announced that big mobilizations will be held on September 27, the first anniversary of PALEA’s airport protest against outsourcing. Rallies will be held in Manila and Cebu while actions will also be staged by airline and other unions in Sydney and Melbourne, Istanbul in Turkey, San Francisco in the USA, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada, Lahore in Pakistan and other countries. The September protests are billed as a global day of action for airline workers to highlight the campaign against outsourcing and for workers rights in the aviation industry.

Apart from the grave coercion rap, 234 PALEA members including the top leaders are facing another case due to the September 27, 2011 protest at the Manila International Airport. PAL filed the case for alleged violation of RA 9497 or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Law, specifically Section 81 (b) (5) which sanctions “any person who destroys or seriously damages the facilities of an airport or disrupts the services of an airport.”

Rivera added that the decision has a chilling effect on labor relations and is a clear and present danger to workers rights. “Labor protests will then be banned in the aviation industry with workers penalized by both imprisonment and fine in violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights. This will be a grave precedent and new special laws can then be enacted to deny workers the freedoms of assembly, expression, self-organization and strike,” he explained.

He explained that “The decision is void of any legal basis as no damages were committed to airport facilities. The CAAP Law is also explicit in providing that ‘only the Director General’ can file the appropriate charges and not the PAL Vice-President of the Airport Services as in this case.” Despite the finding of probable cause by another Pasay court for the CAAP Law case, warrants of arrest have apparently been stayed by petitions for review filed by PALEA.

Press Release
September 6, 2012
PALEA
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09157755073

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[Press Release] PALEA holds protest as 234 members threatened with arrest

PALEA holds protest as 234 members threatened with arrest

Some 100 members of the Philippine Airlines Employee Association (PALEA) picketed the Pasay Hall of Justice this morning as union lawyers filed a petition for the Municipal Trial Court to review the finding of “probable cause” by a fiscal. In a resolution dated June 20, 2012, the city prosecutor recommended the filing of information against 234 respondents to the case.

“Ex-President Gloria Arroyo is freed on bail by a Pasay fiscal despite arguably strong evidence of electoral sabotage while a colleague threatens 234 workers with arrest for alleged ‘economic sabotage’ on dubious grounds. PALEA’s protest at the airport last September 27, 2011 was an exercise of the constitutionally guaranteed right of workers to concerted action and thus not illegal nor criminal,” asserted Gerry Rivera, PALEA president.

Warrants of arrest may be issued against the accused even as the resolution provides for bail of Php 6,000 each or a total of Php 1,404,000. Philippine Airlines (PAL) filed the case for alleged violation of RA 9497 or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Law, specifically Section 81 (b) (5) which sanctions “any person who destroys or seriously damages the facilities of an airport or disrupts the services of an airport”. PAL initially announced that some 300 PALEA members joined the protest action thus the respondents have been called the PALEA 300.

Rivera added that the decision has a chilling effect on labor relations and is a clear and present danger to workers rights. “Labor protests will then be banned in the aviation industry with workers penalized by both imprisonment and fine in violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights. This will be a grave precedent and new special laws can then be enacted to deny workers the freedoms of assembly, expression, self-organization and strike. But PALEA will not be cowed as our fight enters it 10th month,” he explained.

“Early next week, we will also file a similar petition to the Department of Justice, which has jurisdiction over prosecutors, for a review of the resolution. We expect that these motions would stay the issuance of warrants of arrest,” Rivera added.

He explained that “The decision is void of any legal basis as no damages were committed to airport facilities. Moreover the case is a labor issue and thus prior authority from the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Justice should have been secured prior to the filing of the complaint. The CAAP Law is also explicit in providing that ‘only the Director General’ can file the appropriate charges and not the PAL Vice-President of the Airport Services as in this case.”

Rivera further asserted that PAL services deteriorated sharply after September not because of damaged equipments but due to lack of skilled and experienced manpower after PALEA members, in opposition to outsourcing, refused to transfer to assigned service providers. PALEA insists that PAL can only “fly the flag proud” by getting its regular workers back. Supporters of PALEA are calling for a boycott of PAL and its sister company Air Philippines until the laid off workers are reinstated to their regular jobs.

Press Release
July 27, 2012
PALEA
Contact Gerry Rivera @ 09157755073

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[People] Free but not free by Mon Casiple

Free but not free

by Mon Casiple
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Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was released from detention through a grant of bail by the Pasay City Regional Trial Court. Expectedly, her camp extolled the court decision as a “victory against dictatorship,” presumably the Aquino administration. It was even posited as a big blow to the anti-corruption campaign and the political standing of President Aquino.

I do not think these views are correct. The order for release of Ms. Macapagal-Arroyo does not, in the first place, mean her innocence in the charge against her; it only means that the evidence presented against her by the prosecution is considered weak by the prosecution. The case will continue to be tried on merits and additional evidence.

The political battle last November 2011 revolved around GMA’s attempt to flee the country and possibly escape prosecution. The instant case of electoral sabotage in the 2007 elections served then to prevent her from doing so by virtue of the hold-departure order issued by the Pasay City RTC. Incidentally, this also rendered moot and academic the controversial “watch-list order” issued by DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima. I doubt if GMA’s arrest and detention–which is the subject of the bail decision–was the primary objective during that period.

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[In the news] Gloria Arroyo, naghain ng not guilty plea sa electoral sabotage charge -GMA News

Gloria Arroyo, naghain ng not guilty plea sa electoral sabotage charge
February 23, 2012

Naghain ng “not guilty plea” si dating Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sa kanyang pagharap sa Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 112 nitong Huwebes para sa kanyang arraignment sa electoral sabotage charge na kanyang kinakaharap.

Ayon sa kanyang abugadong si Ferdinand Topacio, “very firmly” na itinanggi ng dating pangulo ang mga paratang sa kanya.

“Wala naman po siya talagang kasalanan. Para sa amin, ang arraignment na ito ang first step towards acquittal sapagkat napakanipis naman po talaga nitong mga paratang laban sa ating dating Pangulo,” ani Topacio.

“Despite the continuous and massive vilification campaign against me and my family, I have always said that I will dispute all charges in the proper forum. I am submitting myself to this process not only to clear my name but also as part of my commitment to respect and abide by the rules and orders of our courts,” pahayag ni Gng. Arroyo, kasalakuyang kinatawan ng second legislative district ng Pampanga sa House of Representatives.

Dagdag pa niya, umaasa ako na “our leaders uphold and our people have faith in the Constitution and the rule of law.”

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[From the web] “PALEA 300” seeks dismissal of violation of CAAP law case – www.allvoices.com

“PALEA 300” seeks dismissal of violation of CAAP law case
by JuanManggagawa
January 10, 2012

  In a hearing yesterday at the Pasay Hall of Justice, members of the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA) asked the city prosecutors to dismiss the violation of Civil Aviation Authority (CAAP) law case filed by the management against them in the aftermath of the September 27, 2011 protest that crippled the operations of Philippine Airlines (PAL). In an allusion to the mythical Spartans, PALEA President Gerry Rivera declared that “The respondents to the case, the PALEA 300 are brave men and women who will die fighting instead of surrendering to tyranny by PAL.”

The PAL management alleged in its complaints that PALEA members caused the destruction of some airline equipments during their September 27 protest, a charge vehemently denied by the union. The actual respondents to the case are 258 but PAL in previous press releases has claimed that some 300 PALEA members joined the September 27 protest.

In a picket to coincide with the hearing, PALEA insisted that the case was part of the many harassment cases thrown at PALEA members after the union strongly opposed PAL’s outsourcing plan. The next hearings are scheduled for February 2 and 9.

“We eat PAL harassment cases for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” stated Rivera. He claimed that “PAL is blindly shooting nuisance cases at PALEA members in a desperate bid to force them to accept the separation package and sign up for the illegal labor contractors Sky Logistics and Sky Kitchen. Some of the 258 named respondents were active participants in protests before and after September 27 but were on day off that fateful day.”

The union asserts that no company equipment was ever damaged during the September 27 protest. Instead the union knows that it was the improper use of an airstep by an inexperienced and unskilled scab that caused an accident where an Airbus A340 with aircraft ID 3430 plane door was dented.

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[Statement] The Filipino people’s Christmas wishlist: Genuine Reform for the Masses, Not a Telenovela of the Elite

As of late, there has been a blitzkrieg of decisions from various branches of government spurred by the infighting among rival factions of the elite.

The impeachment of Corona; The hospital arrest of Arroyo; The detention of Abalos; The court order for the redistribution of Hacienda Luisita; All seemingly sudden events in a “war of attrition and quick decision” by the contending camps of elitist politics.

A swift and passionate display of “political will” by the Aquino regime! But does this audacity truly reflect the people’s will? No. Because this is but an offensive against P-Noy’s political rivals in order to consolidate his control of the state.

These recent events did not ease the daily yoke of poverty and misery borne by the majority of Filipinos – particularly the workers and the poor. Though they are glaring enough to earn their space in the headlines, these incidents are irrelevant to a people facing a bleaker Christmas due to lower pay, higher prices, irregular jobs and massive unemployment.

While P-Noy and his cohorts may reason that these attempts for a “cleansing of government” would eventually lead to the betterment in the lives of the people. We contend that this anti-Arroyo offensive by the Aquino administration has changed nothing in the modus operandi of corruption to the nation’s coffers and perpetuation of “guns, goons and gold” in our electoral system. Whoever believes in P-Noy’s alibi is either an innocent fool or a downright compulsive liar!

The BMP challenges the Aquino regime:  Use your “political will” to expedite the passage of pro-poor, pro-worker reforms inasmuch as the Executive has turned the levers to accelerate the impeachment of chief justice Corona. Where is the Congress majority to enact a hike in wages, to defend regular jobs from the scourge of contractualization?

The administration has been blamed for being so “hasty” and “arbitrary” in its maneuvers against Arroyo. But on gut issues that affect the poor and assail corporate interests – such as the oil deregulation law – the Palace has always been too cautious, with Lacierda sounding like a broken record on the “need to review in order to balance all interests”.

To the workers, these latest political incidents are episodes of a tasteless telenovela of elite infighting. Not only do they not address the gut issues of the people. More so, they are not entertaining enough for us to forget our grumbling stomachs. We demand genuine reform! #

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PAHAYAG
December 15, 2011
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Dante Lagman
Spokesperson 09209062908

Totoong Reporma para sa Masa,
Hindi Telenobela ng mga Elitista

Sa nagdaang mga araw, napakabilis ng mga pagdedesisyon ng iba’t ibang sangay ng gobyerno sa alitan ng magkakabanggang paksyon ng mga elitista sa bansa.

Ang impeachment ni Corona (sa isang kumpas ni P-Noy, nagkandandarapa ang Kongreso at tuluyang naihain sa Senado ang Articles of Impeachment laban sa punong mahistrado).
Ang hospital arrest ni Gloria Arroyo (sa pagkontra-agos ng DOJ sa TRO ng Korte Suprema at paghain ng DOJ-Comelec ng kasong electoral sabotage sa Pasay-RTC).
Ang kasunod nitong pagsuko ni dating Comelec Commissioner Abalos para harapin ang katulad na kaso.
At ang kautusan ng Korte Suprema na ipamahagi sa mga magbubukid ang natitirang lupain ng Hacienda Luisita.

Isang kagila-gilalas na pagsapraktika ng “political will” ng rehimeng P-Noy! Pero para saan? Para gumanti sa kanilang karibal na paksyon sa pulitika! Para konsolidahin ang kontrol ng pangkating Aquino sa estado poder!

Ang tanong: Ang mga naganap bang mga “mapangahas” na desisyon ay may nagawang pagbabago sa pang araw-araw na buhay ng masang Pilipino laluna sa uring manggagawa? Wala!

Kahit kaunti ay walang maidadagdag ang mga “kagila-gilas na pangyayaring ito” sa noche buena ng mga ordinaryong Pilipino sa darating na kapaskuhan!

Wag silang magpalusot (laluna na si P-Noy at Partido Liberal) na ang mga nangyayaring ito ay “paglilinis” ng pulitika bago malasap ng taumbayan ang mga pagbabago sa kanilang kabuhayan. Hindi kami ipinanganak kahapon!

Dahil ba sa mga kaganapang ito ay napigilan (kahit bahagya) ang korapsyon sa kaban ng bayan? Nalinis na ba nito ang sistemang elektoral na pinaghaharian ng “guns, goons and gold”? Hindi! Sinumang sumagot ng “oo” sa mga katanungang ito ay isang tanga o isang sagad-sagaring sinungaling.

Hinahamon ng manggagawa ang rehimeng Aquino: Kaya naman palang bumilis ang mga proseso sa pagdedesisyon sa gobyerno. Bakit hindi niyo ginagamit ang “political will” sa mga repormang para sa taumbayan?

Nasaan ang mayorya ng Kongreso upang isabatas ang dagdag na sahod at depensahan ang regular na trabaho sa salot ng kontraktwalisasyon? Bakit sa mga hinaing ng taumbayan – halimbawa, sa regulasyon sa presyo ng langis – ang parating sagot ng Palasyo ay kailangan muna itong mag-“review”?

Ang kasalukuyang mga pangyayari sa pulitika ay isang nakakasawa nang telenobela para sa masang manggagawa. Hindi ito kalutasan sa aming problema. Kaya lalong huwag nilang asahang maaliw kami sa gasgas na palabas na ito at makalimutan ang aming mga sikmurang kumakalam.

PRESS STATEMENT
December 15, 2011
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Dante Lagman
Spokesperson 09209062908

[Press Release] PALEA magpoprotesta kasabay ng diumano pagbabalik sa normal ng PAL

Susugod sa Pasay Hall of Justice ang mga miyembro ng Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) mamayang hapon habang dinidinig ang kaso ng Philippine Airlines (PAL) laban sa protest camp ng grupo. Mamayang alas dos ay may hearing ang Pasay Regional Trial Court (RTC) sa hiling ng PAL na tanggalin ang protest camp na tinutulan naman ng PALEA sapagkat bahagi ito ng kanilang protesta laban sa tanggalan at kontraktwalisasyon sa kompanya.

Sumabay din ang protesta sa araw na ito na inanusyo ng PAL na pagbabalik sa normal ng kanilang operasyon. Sagot naman ng PALEA na press release lang ito sapagkat anang grupo, nananatiling abnormal ang operasyon ng PAL. Bilang patunay, binanggit ng PALEA ang 3-day delay sa isang Los Angeles-Manila flight noong Nobyembre 17 and ang seven-hour delay sa Manila-Bangkok flight nitong Linggo.

“Mas marami pang aberya ang nagagap sa operasyon ng PAL dahil sa kabiguan ng outsourcing plan at kapalpakan ng untrained at overworked na mga iskirol na nagtatrabaho kapalit ng PALEA members. Di lang ito nauulat sa media. Mungkahi namin sa media na imbestigahan ang resulta ng kakatapos lang na audit ng US Federal Aviation Authority para malaman ang katotohanan kung balik sa normal na talaga ang PAL,” paliwanag ni Gerry Rivera, pangulo ng PALEA.

Paniwala din ni Rivera na madi-dismiss ang kaso ng PAL sa Pasay RTC. “Sa isang labor dispute, normal na nagtatayo ng picketline o protest camp at kinikilala ito ng batas. Hindi ito iligal. Ang bawal ay ang pwersahan at marahas na pagbubuwag ng protest camp gaya ng sinubukang gawin ng mga upahang goons noong Oktubre 29,” ani Rivera. Pito ang nasugatan sa hanay ng PALEA habang nahuli ang isa mga umatake na umamin sa pulis na binayaran sila ng management sa halagang P200 bawat isa. ###

Press Release
November 24, 2011
PALEA
Contact Alnem Pretencio (PALEA VP) @ 09209543634
Bong Palad (PALEA Secretary) @ 09165740596

[Press Release] PALEA says criminal charges against 41 members is just another harassment

The Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) declared that the criminal charges filed by Philippine Airlines (PAL) against 41 of its members are just part of the continuing harassment of its peaceful protest camp. “PAL is using the courts to bully our members in to submission. The filing of charges left and right is meant to coerce PALEA members to avail of separation package and to apply as contractuals in Sky Logistics and Sky Kitchen which are gravely in need of the trained expertise of these workers,” announced Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and vice chair of Partido ng Manggagawa.

PALEA is confident that similar to the dismissal of PAL’s motion for a temporary restraining order against the campout by Pasay Judge Maria Rosario Ragasa, the criminal charges will also be found without merit. “All the incidents at the protest camp arose out of and involve the labor dispute between PAL and PALEA and thus jurisdiction properly resides in the National Labor Relations Commission or the Labor Department,” Rivera explained.

He argued that “The big question is: Why is PAL trying to operate the In-Flight Center (IFC) when its in-flight catering and airport services have already been closed down? Evidently PAL will allow Sky Logistics and Sky Kitchen use of the IFC which means the service providers are nothing but illegal labor-only contractors.”

Rivera also described the incident involving the PAL truck that attempted to leave the PAL In-Flight Center last October 29 as “a diversionary tactic while hired goons attacked the protest camp.” Rivera added that “The PAL truck tried to leave the compound accompanied by a phalanx of security guard in full riot gear. But despite their overwhelming number vis-avis a handful of PALEA members, the PAL guards retreated when the attack on the other end of the protest camp was already proceeding.”

He recounted that “At around 5:45 am, some 40 hired goons attacked the PALEA protest camp while women and children were still sleeping. Armed with long sticks and stones, the goons destroyed tents in half of the campout and injured seven PALEA members in the violent daybreak. One of the goons was apprehended and confessed in a sworn testimony to the police that they were paid by management. In a new outsourcing scheme, PAL had employed the services of a goons-provider to undertake the dispersal attempt.”

PALEA is asking the public to “Look at the complete picture. Be a critical judge.”

Press Release
November 10, 2011
PALEA
Contact Alnem Pretencio (PALEA VP) @ 09209543634
Bong Palad (PALEA Secretary) @ 09165740596

[Press Release] PM slams PAL’s “call for an alliance of the 1% vs. the 99%”

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) slammed the call of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for support from employers’ organizations as “an unholy alliance of the 1% vs. the 99%.” Meanwhile the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) announced that it is readying its own charges against those responsible for the daybreak attack on its protest camp last Saturday which resulted in injuries to seven of its members and the death of a bystander.

“PAL’s Halloween appeal for help is a call for the forces of darkness to unite against the forces of good. In tagging PALEA’s protest camp as harassment, PAL wants to subvert labor rights in favor of property rights. Lucio Tan wants a return to the Marcos dictatorship when cronies ruled with impunity over the workers and the people. In contrast to PAL, PALEA is asking for support from workers and the people—the 99%—through a Lakbay-Hustisya,” asserted Renato Magtubo, chair of Partido ng Manggagawa (PM).

PALEA has already filed a criminal compliant against a certain Johnny dela Cruz, one the alleged hired goons who was apprehended during the attack. PALEA is now consulting with its lawyers on another case against the purported mastermind of the attack. Dela Cruz had signed a sworn statement to the police that he was paid together with others to disperse PALEA’s campout.

Around 500 PALEA and PM members proceeded this morning to the Pasay city jail where dela Cruz is detained and the offices of the Regional Trial Court as it begins the three-day Lakbay-Hustisya. The long march around Metro Manila aims to bring the advocacy against contractualization to the grassroots level. The “Lakbay-Hustisya” will pass by parishes and communities in Manila, Quezon City, Makati, Paranaque and Pasay as part of PALEA’s campaign to garner the support of ordinary Filipinos in the fight for regular jobs.

Gerry Rivera, PALEA president and PM vice chair added that “What is behind PAL’s insistence on its property rights over the In-Flight Center? Why does PAL want to operate the IFC when it has declared that the airport services, call center reservations and catering departments have been closed? If Sky Kitchen and Sky Logistics need the IFC then these are illegal labor-only contractors not independent service providers.”

Meanwhile PM challenged the government for “decisive action instead of comforting words” in the wake of its call for sobriety. “Workers are getting killed and hurt while PNoy turns a blind eye to the escalating violence foisted on PALEA. Contrast this administration’s inaction to the Australian government’s swift intervention in the Qantas lockout,” Magtubo insisted.

Today the Lakbay-Hustisya marchers will also go to PAL’s offices at the PNB Building in Macapagal Ave., Malate Church, PAL ticketing office in Faura, the Court of Appeals, the Department of Labor and Employment and then Quiapo Church where they will spend the night.

Press Release
November 2, 2011
Partido ng Manggagawa
Contact Renato Magtubo @ 09178532905

[Press Release] PALEA magsasagawa ng 3-araw na ‘Lakbay-Hustisya’ simula ngayon

Matapos sibakin sa trabaho noong nakaraang October 1 at masaktan makaraang lusubin ng mga hired goons ng PAL ang kanilang protest camp noong nakaraang Sabado, magsasagawa ang mga myembro ng PALEA ng “Lakbay-Hustisya” simula ngayon, November 2, hanggang November 4.

File photo source Partido ng Manggagawa

Layunin ng ‘Lakbay-Hustisya’ ng PALEA na kalampagin ang kinauukulang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan at ilang personalidad na may kinalaman sa sinapit nilang inhustisya sa kamay ng PAL.

Ayon kay Ginalyn Licayan, pinuno ng Women’s Committee ng PALEA, simula alas otso ng umaga bukas ay maglalakad ang mga myembro ng PALEA  mula sa kanilang protest camp sa may MIA Road.

Sasamahan din sila ng iba pang samahang manggagawa tulad ng Partido ng Manggagawa sa kanilang 3 araw na paglalakbay.  Nagpahayag din ng supporta ang mga parokya ng simbahang Katolika paglalakbay para sa hustisya ng PALEA.

Unang dadaanan Lakbay-Hustisya ang Pasay Regional Trial Court kung saan nakabinbin ang petisyon ng PAL na paalisin sila sa kanilang protest camp.  Sa katabing Pasay City Jail ay nakakukulong naman ang umaming hired goon na naaresto ng mga myembro ng PALEA matapos lusubin ng mga ito ang picketline noong nakaraang Sabado.    Ang goons na ito umano ang kanilang matibay na ebidensya sa isasagawang imbestigasyon sa naganap na kaguluhan noong Sabado.

Mula dito ay tutungo na ang martsa sa may tanggapan ng PAL sa PNB building upang doon kondenahin ang ginawang pagsibak sa kanila at sa pagpapasimula ng karahasan sa kanilang picketline.  Ang PAL umano ngayon ang pinakamalaking simbolo sa Pilipinas ng kinamumuhiang corporate greed sa buong mundo.

Matapos sa PAL ay tutulak naman ang PALEA patungong  Malate Church kung saan sila hahainan ng libreng pananghalian ng mga opisyal ng parokya.  Matapos makapagpahinga ay tutungo naman ang martsa sa Court of Appeals para mananawagan sa Korte na pawalang bisa ang outsourcing plan ni Lucio Tan.

Mula sa Court of Appeals ay dadaanan muna nila ang katabing ticketing office ng PAL bago tumulak patungong Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) kung saan naman nila babatikusin ang ginawang pagpanig ng departamento sa malawakang tanggalan at kontraktwalisasyon sa PAL.

Mula sa DOLE ay tutungo na ang PALEA sa simbahan ng Quiapo kung saan ipaghahanda sila ng parokya ng libreng hapunan at matutuluyan sa magdamag.

Kinabukasan ay maglalakad naman ang PALEA patungo sa tahanan ng may-ari ng PAL na si Lucio Tan sa may Biak na Bato sa Quezon City.  Sa harapan ng tahanan ay magsasagawa sila ng ‘boodle lunch’ bilang simbolo umano ng gutom at inhustisya sa sinapit na kalagayan ng manggagawa sa PAL.

Mula dito ay tutungo sila sa tanggapan ng National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) kung saan nakaapila ang kaso nila sa refusal to bargain ng PAL.   Mula sa NLRC ay magmamartsa na sila patungo sa Holy Trinity Church sa may Balic-Balic para doon maghapunan at magpalipas ng gabi.

Sa huling araw ng martsa ay tutungo na sila sa Malacanang kasama ang iba’t-ibang samahang manggagawa at iba pang mga organisasyon para hilingin sa Palasyo na bawiin ang desisyon sa outsourcing at ibalik sa trabaho ang 2,600 empleyadong sinibak ng PAL.

PRESS RELEASE
November 2, 2011
Contacts:    Ginalyn Licayan @ 09158698104
Judy Ann Miranda @ 09228677522

[Event] Lakbay-Hustisya – PALEA

Dear Friends,

Magkakaroon po ng 3 days na “Lakbay-Hustisya” ang PALEA mula November 2-4.  We will be walking from our protest camp along MIA Road to the PAL offices and the Regional Trial Court in Pasay City, the Court of Appeals and Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE) in Manila, the National Labor Relations (NLRC) offices and the residence of Mr. Lucio Tan in Quezon City, then to Malacanang Palace.

Hihilingin po namin ang inyong suporta sa anumang paraan (solidarity march, tubig, pagkain, medics, sleeping mats, tents, cultural presentations, atbp.) na kakailanganin para sa 3 araw naming paglalakbay para sa hustisya.

Please see attached concept and Lakbay-Hustisya route.

Maraming salamat po!

Philippine Airlines Employees Association  (PALEA)
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)

Fore more details please contact  Ms. Ginalyn Licayan, PALEA Women’s Committee head @ 09158698104; Ms. Judy Ann Miranda, PM Sec-Gen. @ 09228677522; 09175570777

[in the news] Pasay court junks PAL TRO bid vs PALEA protest – InterAksyon.com

Pasay court junks PAL TRO bid vs PALEA protest
Lorenz Niel Santos, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines – A Pasay City court denied on Friday Philippine Airlines’ bid to stop members of the PAL Employees’ Association from staging protest actions outside the flag carrier’s In-Flight Center on MIA Road.

Judge Maria Rosario-Ragasa of Pasay City Regional Trial Court Branch 108, at Friday’s hearing, said PAL failed to justify the need to prevent the PALEA members from staging their protest.

“The burden is on PAL to justify the need for the issuance of a temporary restraining order. However, in this case PAL failed to make such justification,” she said.

Read full article @ interaksyon.com

[Press Release] Teachers to P-noy on World Teachers’ Day: Thank you is not enough – TDC

While they appreciate the declaration of National Teachers’ Month under Presidential Proclamation 242, the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) says the government must now halt with its token pronouncement and begin doing more tangible programs for teachers and public education system.

“We’ve been lobbying for a declaration of National Teachers’ Holiday every 5th of October, yet P-Noy gave us the whole month, from September 5 to October of every year as National Teachers’ Month. And that is something we should really appreciate. ” Said Benjo Basas, a public school teacher from Claoocan City and the group’s national chairperson.

Basas, however challenged President Aquino to to do not just lip service but a real solution to problems of education especially the teacher sector.

“While P-Noy keeps his silence on the demands of the teachers and has no concrete plan to resolve the problems besetting the country’s school system, these declarations would remain empty and lip service appreciation.” Basas continued.

The TDC again scored on the government for always sacrificing the welfare of the teachers that manifests in its programs like the universal kindergarten and the impending 12-year basic education program. According to Basas, Aquino administration is liable for the non-payment of the P3000 honorarium for kinder teachers since June of this year.

“This P3000 honorarium for kinder teachers is really unacceptable. This is a pay for house help, yet while teachers settled for this amount for additional income, the government, in apparent display of insensitivity does not even find ways to pay them on time.” Basas exclaimed.

TDC blamed P-Noy’s budget allotment for 2011 which according to them is “non-considerate of the needs of the field” and will boost the contractualization scheme in public school system.

“While the president boasts of the universal kindergarten program and the 12-year basic education for Filipino learners, the budgetary needs for this flagship program were not considered for 2011 and even 2012 budget.” Basas continued.

According to the group, success of all education reform programs would be impossible without giving paramount consideration to the welfare of the teachers.

“We are going to seek the support of the senators by challenging them as well to pass laws for the welfare of teachers.” Basas said.

Aside from questioning the unpreparedness of the government in pursuing K-12 program the group has several other proposals such as the following:

Just Compensation
Decent Pay for Kinder Teachers
Sufficient Funds for Education Sector
Reforms in GSIS
Health Care Program
Job Security for Public and Private School Teachers
Socialized Housing Program
Tax Exemption
Scholarship for Teachers’ Children
Optional Poll Duties
Paid Vacation and Sick Leave Benefits
Lower Compulsory Retirement Age.

These demands are among the issues they consider urgent and need urgent actions from the Aquino government.

“If these issues would not be addressed or even considered immediately, the Presidential Proclamation 242 would be nothing but a document ordering us all to celebrate. Again, we appreciate gratitude, but we need more than just recognition. Please Mr. President” Basas ended.

TDC will lead some 500 teachers in what they called a Teachers’ Day Caravan that will start at 11:00AM in EDSA-Balintawak, Caloocan City heading towards South at the main offices of the GSIS and Senate in Pasay City. They will stage a short program in front of Film Center in Pasay City before proceeding to GSIS where they will face GSIS officials including Chairman Daniel Lacson and President and General Manager Roberto Vergara at 1:30PM. After the dialogue, teachers will proceed to the plenary hall of the Senate where Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano is expected to deliver his privilege speech in honor of the teachers. Other participants of the motorcade, including Basas, will attend the DepEd-initiated celebration at the ULTRA and will then proceed to GSIS complex.

For details:
Caloocan Contingent
Emmalyn Policarpio, TDC Spokesperson: 0917-3835428
Ildefonso Enguerre, III, TDC-NCR Chairman: 0915-3785069
ULTRA/Pasig Contingent
Benjo Basa, National Chair: 0920-5740241/ 3853437

[Event] Press Conference on World Teachers’ Day Activities – TDC

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
“Unity of Teachers to Regain the Dignity of Teaching Profession”
SEC Registration Number: CN 2007-10645
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
Hotline: (02)3853437 • Telefax (02)4350036 • Mobile: 0920-5740241/ 0920-4142614
Email: teachersdignity@yahoo.com.ph • Website: http://www.teachersdignity.com

ADVISORY
October 02, 2011

Activity:          Press Conference on World Teachers’ Day Activities

Date/Time:      October 3, Monday, 10:00AM

Venue:            TDC National Office, 117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, QC

Details:
1.      Teachers’ groups lead by the TDC will present the conduct and details of the World Teachers’ Day celebration on October 5. Groups such as Philippine Elementary School Principals Association (PESPA) and National Association Philippine Secondary School Heads, Incorporated (NAPSSHI) will also join the activity and will be represented in the press meeting.

2.      Activities include the following:

a.       DepEd-initiated grand activity at the ULTRA in Pasig at 7:00AM of October 5;

b.      Motorcade of teachers from Caloocan to GSIS and Senate Offices in Pasay that will assemble at 11:00AM between Gen. Mascardo and Gen. Evangelista in EDSA Balintawak, westbound;

c.       Short program in front of Manila Film Center at 1:00PM;

d.      Dialogue with GSIS Chairman Bitay Lacson and President & General Manager Robert Vergara at 1:30PM; and

e.       Privilege speech of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano at the plenary hall of Senate where teachers will sit as audience and will be followed by a meeting-dialogue with soime senators at3:00PM

For details:

Benjo Basas, TDC National Chair

0920-5740241/ 3853437

[Statement] Karapatan, kagalingan, Pagkalinga, dignidad, sigaw ng mga guro sa teachers’ day motorcade – TDC

KARAPATAN, KAGALINGAN
PAGKALINGA, DIGNIDAD
Sigaw ng mga Guro sa Teachers’ Day Motorcade

Pasalamatan natin ang ating mga guro. Ito’y ayon mismo kay Pangulong Aquino sa kanyang ikalawang SONA noong Hulyo 2011. Sinundan ito ng pormal na deklarasyon ng pagdiriwang ng National Teachers’ Month mula Setyembre 5 hanggang Oktubre 5, alinsunod sa Presidential Proclamation 242. Sa panig naman ng DepEd ay inulunsad ang “Thank You Teachers Campaign” na naglalayong kilalanin at pasalamatan ang natatanging ambag ng mga guro sa bawat mag-aaral at sa buong lipunan.

Bagamat natutuwa tayo sa mga ganitong pormal na pagkilala ng gobyerno ay higit pa sana sa pasasalamat at pa-puri ang dapat na ibigay ng ating pangulo at ng DepEd sa atin. Higit sa papuri ay hinahamon natin ang ating pamahalaan na gawin ang kanyang obligasyon sa mga guro at sa pampub­likong edukasyon. Batid ni P-Noy at ng DepEd ang malawak na kakulangan sa ating mga paaralan, lalo na sa classroom at sa mga guro. Gayundin, itinulak ng gobyerno ang K-12 prog-ram na walang kaukulang paghahanda at lubos na kapos sa budget. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa natatanggap ng mga guro sa Kindergarten ang P3000 kabayaran para sa kanila mula noong Hunyo. Muli na namang isinakripisyo ang kapa­kanan ng mga guro.

Ito ang masaklap na katotohanan. Lagi tayong nauuna sa sakripisyo at nahuhuli sa benepisyo. Ngayon pa namang ipagdiriwang ang World Teachers’ Day sa October 5. Ang araw na ito ang idineklara ng UNESCO bilang pagkilala sa UNESCO/ILO Recommendations Concerning the Status of Teachers na nilagdaan noong October 5, 1966. Ito rin ang naging batayan ng pagsasabatas ng ating Magna Carta for Public School Teachers o RA 4670 noon taon ding iyon.

Sa ganitong batayan natin hinahamon ang ating pamahalaan na ibigay ang nararapat para sa atin. Ang mga benepisyo sa ilalim ng GSIS. Ang mga karapatang ipinag­kakaloob ng Magna Carta. Subalit, ang mga nagdudumilat na katotohanang araw-araw ay dinaranas nating mga guro ay ito- masikip na classroom, kulang sa mga pasilidad at materyales, kulang na pasahod at baon tayo sa utang, walang serbisyong medikal at disenteng pabahay, napakataas na buwis at presyo ng bilihin.

Sa kabila nito, narito pa rin tayo sa ating bayan. Nagtitiyaga. Nagtitiis. Kaya marapat lamang na purihin at pasalamatan. Ngunit, lampas sa pasasalamat at papuri, dapat tayong bigyan ng pagkalinga at tunay na pagpapahalaga.

Ipaglaban ang Makatarungang Pasahod, Pabahay at
Serbisyong Medikal para sa mga Guro!

Itaas ang Badyet sa Edukasyon at
Serbisyong Panlipunan!

Sumama sa Teachers’ Day Motorcade, October 5, 2011 from Caloocan to GSIS and Senate Offices in Pasay

*Assembly Time is 11:00AM at EDSA-Balintawak (westbound, between Gen. Mascardo and Gen. Evangelista)
*Those who are coming from ULTRA-Pasig may take the EDSA route
*Dialogue with GSIS Chairman and PGM at 1:30PM and with Senators at 3:00PM
*Flaglets, streamers, posters and tarps are available upon re­quest at TDC Office

PUBLIC STATEMENT
October 1, 2011

Reference:
Benjo Basas. National Chairperson
0920-5740241

Teachers’ Dignity Coalition
Mobile # 0922-8831467/0915-3785069/0920-5740241
Telephone # 3853437/4350036
117-C Matatag St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City
teachersdignity@yahoo.com.phhttp://www.teachersdignity.com

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