Fourth ni Ka Fort: Start of ILO Mission

Fourth ni Ka Fort

Workers mark start of ILO High Level Mission by picketing Nestle Makati office on Ka Fort’s fourth death anniversary

Joint News Release
September 22, 2009

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Workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno and Anakpawis Partylist staged a picket in front of Nestle Philippines’ office in Makati to commemorate the fourth death anniversary of Nestle union leader Diosdado “Ka Fort” Fortuna, one of the highlighted victims in the upcoming ILO high-level mission. Fortuna is also chairman of the KMU regional formation PAMANTIK and Anakpawis in Southern Tagalog.

On Sept. 22, 2005, Ka Fort was shot dead on his way home by suspected military agents hired by Nestle amid Nestle Cabuyao workers’ strike to protest illegal dismissal and non-negotiation of retirement benefits.

“On Ka Fort’s fourth death anniversary, we want Nestle and this regime to know that there’s no letup in our struggle for justice, especially in view of the ILO mission. The timing of the ILO visit somehow gives us a ray of hope that finally, the world will see the suffering of workers in the Philippines. This will show that our government is not only the most corrupt and gluttonous, but that she is also the most merciless and vicious human rights violator,” said KMU Chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

“Until now, workers continue to suffer from the rabidness of the Arroyo government in violating the workers rights. We are subjected to harassments, intimidations, unfair labor practices, non-recognition of our union rights and even summary executions, torture and abductions. With the ILO-High Level mission, we seek the help of he international community to join us in fighting the enemies of human rights,” he added.

Meanwhile, Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod is also hopeful that all the cases that KMU has presented to the ILO-HLM will be thoroughly investigated in the interest of upholding workers’ rights around the world.

Maglunsod, who was also Secretary-General of KMU before becoming the respresentative of Anakpawis, said that the ILO-HLM, like the Alston Report, will help expose the case of human rights violations that have long been intentionally ignored by the Arroyo government.

He cites the cases of Anakpawis acting Chairman Rafael Baylosis and the continued detention of Anakpawis Eastern Visayas coordinator Vincent “Bebot” Borja. Baylosis and Borja are both members of the KMU National Council and well-respected for the adherence to the workers’ cause. Borja and Baylosis were charged with multiple murder cases and accused as members of the New People’s Army.

“Like the Alston Report, the ILO-HLM, will expose that the human rights violations on workers is part of a national policy to quell all progressive sectors that criticize the Arroyo regime. The  massacres, abductions and harassments of unionists all point to the national government as the instigators. We await that justice will be served when the Arroyo government is finally punished.”

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2 Responses to “Fourth ni Ka Fort: Start of ILO Mission”

  1. links for 2009-09-22 « The Mustard Seed Says:

    […] Fourth ni Ka Fort: Start of ILO Mission « "Workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno and Anakpawis Partylist staged a picket in front of Nestle Philippines’ office in Makati to commemorate the fourth death anniversary of Nestle union leader Diosdado “Ka Fort” Fortuna, one of the highlighted victims in the upcoming ILO high-level mission. Fortuna is also chairman of the KMU regional formation PAMANTIK and Anakpawis in Southern Tagalog." (tags: southeastasia workers union humanrights) […]

  2. Noel Alemania Says:

    Thank you so much for creating this blog. Even though Nestle controls the mass media here in the Philippines they will never succeed of hiding their wickedness, like what they did to Ka Fort and even to Ka Mel Roxas our first union president they killed in 1989 during our protest action in front of the gate of Nestle Cabuyao Factory.
    Long live the workers of Nestle!
    Long live the working class!
    Onward with the struggle! TULOY ANG LABAN!

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