Church People – Workers Solidarity  Statement on Human Rights 

December 10, 2016
Pursue Justice! Justice you shall Pursue!
Justice for All the Victims of Human Rights Violations from Marcos time to Present!

 Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.[i] – Pope Francis 

The commemoration of International Day of Human Rights, invites us to see, to know and to feel the situation of the victims of human rights violations. We, the Church People-Workers Solidarity (CWS) are challenged to act and get involve in pursuing justice and social equality and in condemning all forms of inequality and tyranny.

The Situation 

Rage! Marcos is not a hero! This is the feeling and reaction of the victims of Martial law upon knowing that the Supreme Court decided to allow the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani (LNMB). Marcos, who was known to be a thief, a plunderer and a fascist dictator has no place at LNMB.

Stop Contractualization! Uphold Workers rights!

On Duterte’s 100 days, the workers reiterates demand for regular jobs, national minimum wage and end of contructualization. According to the data gathered by Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) one in every two wage workers in the Philippines is a contractual employee. In some companies, contract workers could comprise up to 80 to 90 percent of the total workforce. Certain industries such as construction, mining, and sales (malls) also have contractual workers comprising majority of its workers. Meanwhile, Filipino workers are forced to make do with meager wage rates exacerbated by the absence of a national minimum wage. The highest minimum wage rates in the country, pegged at P491 is less than half of the P1,089 family living wage. Wage levels can be much lower in other regions. Despite this, there are still numerous exemptions and violations to the minimum wage.

Stop the Killing!

The massive killing on suspected drug related cases are alarming. Moreover, it is the poor who are the victims of these killings while big time landlords and narcopoliticians remain at large. We support President Duterte’s war on drugs, (We do not condemn President Duterte in his goal to eliminate drugs in our country), however, the problem on drugs is not simply a criminal problem but a social problem as well. Hence, we believe that the war on drugs should be accompanied by war on hunger, poverty, joblessness, landlessness, etc. Furthermore, we are calling on the Duterte administration to stop the killing of suspected users and pushers. 

“We ask for dignity, not charity[i]” -Pope Francis 

We, Church People – Workers Solidarity (CWS) are united with Pope Francis standing for Human Rights. Pope Francis’ powerful statement is fitting in our commemoration of International Day of Human Rights, he says, “It is also painful to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition is hindered by market priorities, the primacy of profit, which have reduced foodstuffs to a commodity like any other, subject to speculation, also of a financial nature”[ii].

On this day, the CWS vow to continue defending the basic human rights of the Filipino people, especially the working class. We strengthen our commitment to journey with the workers in their struggle for dignified employment.

Reference: Sr. Lhen Casas, NDS
Sisters of Our Lady of Sion


[i] http://www.americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/pope-francis-hungry-ask-us-dignity-not-charity

[ii] http://www.americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/pope-francis-hungry-ask-us-dignity-not-charity

[i] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/13/jorge-mario-bergoglio-pope-poverty

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