Militant la­bor hits PDut for ‘false hopes’ on Endo

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

A pro­gres­sive la­bor group in North­ern Min­danao will be tak­ing to the streets to ex­press their rage and dis­may over the false hopes and failed prom­ises of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion on end­ing con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion (ENDO) in the coun­try.

The Kilu­sang Mayo Uno-North­ern Min­danao Re­gion (KMUNMR) said they were ex­pect­ing Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte to fi­nally sign an ex­ec­u­tive or­der yes­ter­day, April 16, end­ing la­bor con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion.

But the group said this was moved anew to yet an­other fu­ture date, pos­si­bly be­fore the La­bor Day, May 1.

KMU-NMR sec­re­tary gen­eral Wil­don Bar­ros said the yes­ter­day’s sup­posed EO sign­ing was the sec­ond ex­ten­sion of Duterte’s prom­ise to end con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion.

“Suko ug na­subo ta kay gi-ex­tend na sad ang pag­pirma sa EO (We are an­gry and dis­ap­pointed that it was re­set),”Bar­ros said.

“Kapila mis­aad si Pres­i­dente Dutere nga ta­pu­son ang ENDO gikan pa sa iyang pagkan­didato, hang­tud napili na siya – nisaad siya ni­ad­tong MAY 1 2017, na­subli pa Marso 2018 ug ang pinakabag-ong petsa nga gi­takda mao karung se­m­anaha daw ipa­gawas ang maong E.O pero na­si­bog na sab (The pres­i­dent made the prom­ise many times since the elec­tion cam­paign un­til now),”he added.

Bar­ros said big cap­i­tal­ists and busi­ness own­ers may have ap­pealed to the Pres­i­dent not to re­move the prac­tice of con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion.

The la­bor leader said they will no longer cling to hopes that Duterte will make good on his prom­ise and said they are now set to mo­bi­lize work­ers in the re­gion to join the mas­sive protest ac­tion on May 1.

Bar­ros said the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion seems to play coy on the work­ers who have long been want­ing for se­cu­rity of ten­ure.

“Pa­dayon kami nga mag­protesta. Dili na kami mo­laom sa saad ni Duterte apan among dad-on sa dalan ang among pakig­bisog ba­tok sa con­trac­tu­al­iza­tion ( We will con­tinue to protest and we will no longer trust Duterte’s prom­ise),”Bar­rosa said.

“Daw iya lang gidula-du­laan ang mga ma­mu­muo ug gi­pasali­gan nga murag bata nga mao man un­tay pro­duc­tive force sa la­bor sec­tor (The Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion seems to be play­ing with the work­ers like kids where in fact they are the pro­duc­tive force in the la­bor sec­tor),”he added.

The group will also con­tinue to lobby their de­mands through the pro­gres­sive partylist in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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