Labor coalition condemns killing of KMU leader

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    THE Nagkaisa Labor Coalition (NAGKAISA) yesterday condemned the killing of labor leader Dandy Miguel on Sunday night, saying the slaying of trade unionists has no place in civilized society.

    In a statement, NAGKAISA said “this barbarity is now happening on a regular basis,” noting that over 50 labor leaders have been killed under the present administration.

    “Enough! These killings must be stopped immediately,” it said, adding that the “systematic campaign to eliminate trade union leaders” warrants similar condemnation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

    “Secretary Bello’s deepening silence for far too long makes him complicit to this heinous campaign,” NAGKAISA said, referring to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

    In response, Bello said he is also saddened by the killing of Miguel, adding: “Any news of death is always a cause for alarm.”

    He, however, said it would be wrong to immediately conclude that Miguel’s killing is part of a widespread campaign against labor leaders. He said it would be better if such matters are left to authorities investigating the incident.

    Last Sunday night, Miguel was shot and killed by unidentified men in Calamba City, Laguna as he was driving his motorcycle.

    Miguel, a factory worker, was the vice chairman of Pamantik-Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU).