Makabayan bloc pushes for P750 national minimum wage
Marje Pelayo • May 28, 2018 • 5149
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Makabayan bloc on Monday, May 28, filed a bill that seeks to increase the daily minimum wage of workers to P715.
Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Zarate argued that the current P512 daily minimum wage for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) no longer suffice the needs of a family of six considering the high cost of living in the region which averages to P1,160 a day.
Zarate also noted the growing impact of the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law on the prices of basic commodities.
Meanwhile, the Kilusang Mayo Uno calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the measure as urgent for the benefit of Filipino workers. The group also urges the immediate abolition of the National Wage Board.
“Mula sa araw na ito, magiging tuloy-tuloy ang pagkilos ng mga manggagawa hindi lang sa Metro Manila kundi sa lahat ng rehiyon (Starting today, labor protests will be continuous not only in Metro Manila but in other regions as well), said Elmer Labog, the group’s chairman.
The group is particularly pushing for the abolition of the National Wage Board (NWB). Labog accused the current and previous administrations of using the NWB to keep the workers’ wages low. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
The Makabayan Bloc has blasted the move that transferred 10 high-profile inmates from the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) to a Marine Barracks.
The 10 high profile inmates included several witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima.
Bayan Muna Carlo Zarate said the transfer of the 10 is highly questionable.
“Bakit nandun sila sa marine barracks na ito? Ito ay nakapagtataka if not highly irregular, ano. Dahil these are convicted felons so dapat nandun sila sa Bilibid Prisons or sa custody mismo ng BuCor [Why are they at this marine barracks? This is something dubious, if not highly irregular, right? Because these are convicted felons so they should be inside the Bilibid Prisons or under the custody of BuCor],” said Zarate.
For the Makabayan Bloc, this can be considered a special treatment especially on bigtime drug lord Peter Co.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra, however, denied such thing happening.
“As long as a court approval is secured I guess that should be okay because the intention is not to provide any special treatment but to secure precisely these people who are to my understanding or recollection will be or are witnesses in an existing case so it’s not for the purpose of giving them special treatment. But because their personal security is under threat,” the DOJ official said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
The Makabayan bloc has formally announced the candidacy of Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate as speaker of the House of Representatives.
Zarate is the 6th congressman to express interest in becoming the next House Speaker in the 18th Congress.
According to outgoing ACT Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio, Congress needs a leader that will prioritize the interest of the people and not the interest of other countries.
“Kailangan ng speaker na ipaglalaban ang karapatan ng magasasaka, kababaihan, manggagawa, kabataan, lumad at iba pa. Tunay na lalabanan ang kurapsyon at titindig sa human rights, (We need a speaker who will fight for the rights of farmers, women, workers, youth, Lumadand others. He will truly fight against corruption and will stand for human rights),” he said.
Other lawmakers who are also vying for the position are Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, incoming Taguig 1st District Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, Pampanga 3rd District Rep. Aurelio Gonzalez, and Leyte 1st District Rep. Martin Romualdez.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)
The bloc has filed House Resolution 2533 on Wednesday (April 3) which calls on the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate on the killings.
“The killings in Negros Oriental are crimes against humanity, targeted assassinations of leaders and members of local peasant organizations perpetrated by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the guise of anti-criminality operations,” according to their statement.
Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao said that he doesn’t believe that the slain individuals fought back.
“Our initial collation of data and testimonies from the survivors and the family of the victims point that there was a summary execution—a summary execution style,” Casilao said.
Based on the report, the chairperson of Hukom or Hugpong Kusog Mag-uumasa Canlaon and two barangay chairman in Manjuyod were among the individuals killed.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Grace Casin)
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