MANILA, Philippines – Akbayan partylist held a pre-Labor Day protest in Quezon City on April 30, calling on President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately sign an order to end contractualization or ENDO.
Dubbed “Pagpupugay sa Manggagawang Pilipino,” the protesters criticized Duterte for not fulfilling his election promise.
“Nasaan and taping at malasakit niya para sa mga manggagawa? Yun ‘yung hinahanap natin. Pero ngayon, yung tapang at malasakit niya ay para sa lang sa mga employer,” former National Youth Commission Chairman Gio Tingzon told Rappler.
After a brief program, the protesters staged a walk-through in front of establishments hiring contractual workers.
The creative protest was participated by members of Akbayan Labor Caucus, SENTRO, Akbayan Youth and Women’s group, community leaders and Akbayan party-list Rep. Tom Villarin.
The group also calls on everyone to participate in the nationwide Labor Day protests on May 1 that will be led by the country’s biggest labor federations—KMU, Nagkaisa and ALU-TUCP.
Here are some of the highlights of the creative protest:
Meanwhile, militant labor groups led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and its allied progressive people’s organizations held a press conference and announced the mobilization of 60,000 workers in Mendiola and 150,000 more nationwide to protest the “anti-workers and fascist Duterte regime” for tomorrow’s International Labor Day.
KMU also unveiled “Dutertemonyo,” an effigy resembling President Duterte as a “demonic overlord, complete with a horn, a devil’s tail, a two-forked tongue, and his iron hand symbolizing the tyranny of his regime,” that they will burn during the #MayoUno2018 program.
After the press conference, artists put final touches on a protest art mural of a worker standing united with a peasant, ripping apart a US flag and a Chinese flag, backed by representatives of other marginalized sectors.