Militant group celebrates Labor Day with demand for government to end the struggle of workers

Published May 1, 2019, 9:03 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Chito Chavez

Militant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) condemned the government on Wednesday for its supposed continuous neglect on the welfare of Filipino workers.

The KMP emphasized the toiling masses and working people celebrated the International Labor Day yesterday by demanding the government to end the struggles of workers, employees and similar sectors of the society.

Danilo Ramos KMP chairman said they are along with the workers and trade unionists in vowing to continue resisting the “anti-people Duterte government which is the number one violator of workers and people’s rights,’’.

“We firmly support workers’ demand for a legislated, across-the-board wage increase, living wages for Filipino families, secure and decent jobs, and an end to labor contractualization and trade union repression,” Ramos said.

During the march, Ramos asserted the P750 wage increase demand of workers is “doable, justified and long overdue’’.

He noted the workers are also demanding genuine land reform and free land distribution.

The KMP leader stressed “realizing genuine agrarian reform and thoroughgoing rural development are the first steps toward establishing national industries that will generate secure employment for millions of Filipinos’’.

“The basic alliance of workers and peasants’ is a formidable force against Duterte and the class interest he represents. Duterte’s pro-poor rhetoric has long been unmasked. It is as clear as daylight that Duterte upholds the economic and political interests of the local ruling elite — landlords and big businesses. His allegiance is with the US and Chinese governments,” Ramos noted.

“Duterte’s political polarization is sharpening on his own accord and doing. Soon, Duterte’s greatest fear — his ouster — will become a reality as more and more sectors are becoming disillusioned with his tyrannical governance,” he added.

KMP chapters and affiliates nationwide have joined the Labor Day rallies led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Cordillera, Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Cebu, Negros, Panay, Eastern Visayas, Davao, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and Socsksargen.