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Dec 27, 2017 - 1:47 PM

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'Heads must roll over Davao mall fire deaths' – labor groups

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network calls the incident a 'massacre of working people who strive hard to earn a living'

MALL FIRE. At least 36 call center employees were killed inside Davao City's NCCC Mall on December 23, 2017. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

CA clears Rex Gatchalian over Kentex fire

Jan 18, 2017 - 3:35 PM

The ruling comes after the Sandiganbayan dismissed criminal charges against the Valenzuela city mayor The CA puts the responsibility of enforcing compliance with the fire code on the Bureau of Fire Protection

Kentex fire: Ombudsman wants charges vs Gatchalian reinstated

Jan 05, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Prosecutors say the anti graft court overlooked some facts and circumstances which if taken into account would have led the court to a different conclusion

KENTEX FIRE. Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan clears Mayor Gatchalian, 2 others in Kentex fire

Dec 15, 2016 - 6:12 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 2nd Division says there is no probable cause to let the 3 Valenzuela City officials stand trial on charges of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries and two counts of grafts

FIRE TRAP. Authorities process the charred remains of Kentex workers

Valenzuela execs, BFP officials, charged over Kentex fire

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:42 PM

Investigators say Kentex should have been shut down because of its delinquent status General manager Ong King Guan is also among those charged

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ombudsman files raps vs Mayor Gatchalian, 7 others over Kentex fire

Mar 15, 2016 - 10:40 AM

They face multiple counts of violation of the anti graft act and for reckless imprudence for issuing business permits to Kentex

CASUALTIES. Authorities examine charred bodies of workers killed in the Kentex factory fire in Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Valenzuela mayor, 6 others ordered dismissed over Kentex fire

Mar 05, 2016 - 7:28 PM

But Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian is able to secure a temporary restraining order stopping the Ombudsman s dismissal order

MOURNING. Church workers join relatives of the 72 fire victims of the Kentex Manufacturing Inc. in Valenzuela in a candle lighting during a mass for the 9th day of the incident. Photo by Joel Leporada/Rappler

Valenzuela Mayor Gatchalian faces criminal raps over Kentex fire

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Justice special panel also recommends a further investigation of the possible liabilities of labor officials over the largest industrial accident in the country

Families of Kentex fire victims: 'We will not drop claims'

Jul 08, 2015 - 9:59 PM

While 57 families have already dropped their claims against the footwear factory some continue to reject the P151 200 settlement offer

GRIEF. Filipino relatives of a missing factory workers react following a fire at a warehouse in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

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Jul 07, 2015 - 6:55 PM

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73 out of 74 Kentex fire victims identified – PNP

Jul 07, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Two more victims were found at the site of the fire hit Kentex Manufacturing Corporation bringing the total death toll to 74

IDENTIFIED. Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

DOLE endorses to DOJ criminal cases vs Kentex

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz turns over to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a briefer on violations of labor laws detailing possible evidence to support criminal action against Kentex Manufacturing and its subcontractor

Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. Five persons were killed after they were trapped inside a burning rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela City, according to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Families of 57 Kentex fire casualties settle for P151,200

Jun 23, 2015 - 5:27 PM

The settlement includes a waiver against any further claims against the footwear manufacturer which lost 72 employees in the Philippines worst factory fire to date

DIALOGUE. Families of workers killed in the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation footwear factory fire line up to receive grocery packs and some financial assistance from the owner during a dialogue in Valenzuela City on Friday, May 22, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dire conditions found in factories around Kentex

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Workers are not provided with personal protective equipment including earplugs for noise pollution face masks for airborne contaminants and welding goggles

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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Jun 17, 2015 - 7:00 PM

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Victims' kin, survivors file criminal raps vs Kentex

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:41 PM

A total of 52 – 8 casualties kin and 44 survivors – name 9 Kentex owners as respondents in their criminal complaint

CASUALTIES. Authorities examine charred bodies of workers killed in the Kentex factory fire in Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex says kin of more than half of fire casualties will settle

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The settlement of the civil aspect of the case aside the workers say they will still file a criminal complaint against the footwear manufacturer

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex 'dummy' ordered to pay P8.3M to 99 workers

Jun 11, 2015 - 4:33 PM

The amount is higher than the initial estimate of P7 8 million

Kentex survivors, victims' kin file complaint vs Baldoz, Roxas

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:18 PM

Workers go to the Ombudsman wary that the Aquino government is sparing Cabinet members and eyeing only Valenzuela local officials for possible charges

PROTEST. Family and relatives of kentex workers killed in the factory fire file charges against labor officials before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on June 8. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Valenzuela fire: 63 bodies identified

Jun 04, 2015 - 4:20 PM

Of the 72 victims killed in the industrial fire that hit a Valenzuela City footwear factory last month 9 remain unidentified

IDENTIFICATION. Members of the PNP crime laboratory meet with families of the 72 victims killed in the Kentex factory blaze. Photo from Valenzuela City PIO

DOJ creates special panel on Kentex factory fire

Jun 03, 2015 - 6:18 PM

The 6 member panel will review official reports and gather evidence to determine criminal and administrative charges over the deadly blaze

Metro Manila needs more labor laws compliance officers

Jun 02, 2015 - 6:44 PM

There are only about 150 labor laws compliance officers in the region catering to over 37 344 establishments far from the recommendation of the International Labor Organization

SEARCH. Authorities enter the burnt Kentex factory in Valenzuela City. Photo by Francis Malasig

Kentex fire: Palace eyes raps vs Valenzuela officials

Jun 01, 2015 - 9:11 PM

Mayor Rex Gatchalian cites 3 memorandum circulars to clear city officials and pass the blame on to the Bureau of Fire Protection

RECKLESS IMPRUDENCE RESULTING IN HOMICIDE. President Benigno Aquino III shows where the fire started at the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory that killed 72 factory workers in Valenzuela City. Lauro Montellano Jr./Malacanang Photo Bureau

No push from Aquino to pass pro-worker laws

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:33 PM

Aquino says there is already an impetus from members of Congress themselves to enact these laws

23 factories near Kentex also show fire code violations

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:09 PM

President Aquino orders the review of the fire permits issued to over 300 000 establishments in Metro Manila

EXPLANATIONS. President Benigno Aquino III presents a scale model of the Kentex Manufacturing Corporation factory during a press briefing. Benhur Arcayan/Malacanang Photo Bureau

Labor laws compliance system is 'landmark reform' – DOLE

Jun 01, 2015 - 12:26 PM

With the unfortunate incident happening under a system lauded for being a game changer in workplace assessment Aquino is under pressure to institute long lasting pro worker reforms

DEADLY BLAZE. A fire razes a slipper factory in Valenzuela City on May 13, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Valenzuela factory welders weren't Kentex employees

May 18, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Rappler obtains the initial report on the police probe It quotes a survivor: there were no fire exits on the 2nd floor where employees were trapped and killed

DEADLY BLAZE. A fire razes a slipper factory in Valenzuela City on May 13, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler