DOLE Usec. Maglunsod ‘surprised’ by dismissal

Published October 3, 2018, 7:35 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Leslie Ann Aquino

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod was surprised by his dismissal.

Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod (Photo courtesy of International Labour Organization via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod (Photo courtesy of International Labour Organization via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a radio interview, Maglunsod said he was surprised because he didn’t receive any notice regarding the matter.

“I was surprised. I asked why it happened? I do not know the reasons,” he said.

“In the first place, I didn’t receive a notice beforehand or at least an official communication from the Office of the President,” added Maglunsod.

Although he knows that they serve at the pleasure of the President, the labor official said he still wants to know the reason for his sacking.

Maglunsod said he already expressed his desire to talk to President Duterte.

“I just want to understand,” he said.

“What we do here at DOLE is our mandate to protect and defend the rights of workers,” added Maglunsod.

President Duterte announced the firing of Maglunsod, Tuesday.

He did not give any reason for the sacking but mentioned the “rising number” of workers strikes in the country.

 
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