Anakpawis Partylist - Bohol

holds 3rd provincial convention


Tagbilaran, Bohol


Posted Oct. 21, 2009





Photos courtesy of Anakpawis Partylist



Will justice finally be served? “Historic ILO-HLM should castigate Department of Justice for slapsuits and trumped-up charges against unionists and labor leaders”
Reference person:  Cherry Clemente
Position: Secretary-General
Contact information:  4269442
Date: September 14, 2009

As the much-anticipated, first ever High Level Mission of the International Labor Organization arrives next week, Malacanang should reassess it’s highly immoral use of the Department of Justice in repressing the labor movement through slap suits that targets the leaders and members of Kilusang Mayo Uno, Anakpawis and other mass organizations.

Thus said Anakpawis Secretary General Cherry Clemente in a protest rally of workers in front of the Department of Justice to call for a stop to the systematic filing of charges against unionists and labor leaders.

“In 2007 and 2008, the Alston Report exposed Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s countless human rights abuses such as extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, abductions, torture and detention. The ILO-HLM will be able to affirm the Alston Report and shall raise the issues of the labor sector as one of the primary targets of the governments legal offensive against its critics.”

Clemente said that the late Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran who is the most recognized Philippine labor leader in the ILO was one of the first recipient of the DOJ concocted ‘slap suit’ to silence the government’s most vocal critics. He was incarcerated for more than 17 months of his final days for trumped-up charges that were later dismissed by the Supreme Court, citing that the case against Beltran et al shows how the courts were being used by ‘persons in power’ at the expense of Justice and rule of law.

“We recall DOJ acting Sec. Agnes Devenadera as the solicitor-general at that time, is also one of the most insistent in keeping Ka Bel in jail. With the ILO’s investigation, will justice be finally served for the workers?”

Even Anakpawis and KMU legal counsel Atty. Remigio Saladero who lawyered for most labor rights cases was subjected to undue use of the courts and was jailed in 2008. Atty. Saladero and his co-accused who were collectively known as the Southern Tagalog 72 were freed after six months detention in the Mindoro Provincial jail after the courts found the case gravely insufficient. Anakpawis Vice-Chairperson Rafael Baylosis and Eastern Visayas Regional Coordinator Vincent Borja, both from the labor sector are also facing separate cases, the latter languishing in Leyte Provincial jail for two years now.

Clemente also cited the case of their Southern Tagalog Regional Coordinator Diosdado Fortuna who was murdered in 2005 which is strongly believed to be linked with the issue of the striking workers of Nestle Cabuyao where he was union president.

Anakpawis joins the labor movement in the hope that the ILO-HLM will bring to a stop the spate of killings, abductions, slap suits and illegal detentions that victimizes ordinary workers and labor leaders under the Arroyo government. Anakpawis is part of the “ILO Watch” initiated by human rights advocates, labor federations and sectoral organizations which seeks to ensure the quest for justice for workers with the presence of the ILO. Rep. Joel Maglunsod is set to deliver a privilege speech this afternoon regarding the ILO High-Level Mission in congress. # # #

Convention guest speaker: Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod


Set of officers: President: Atty. Epifanio Bolando (not in the picture), chairman: William Boybanting (3rd from the right), vice-chairman: Brgy. Capt. Reynaldo Luchana (2nd from the right), secretary general: Jun Estorosas (5th from right), Treasurer: Paulita Destor (7th from the right), Auditor: Ladey Sulutus (center), 1st district rep: Gary Bolanio (6th from the right), 2nd district rep: Marcelo Amarille (1st from the right) and the 3rd district rep (brgy. Kag. Miguel Pagsiat)

Sgd Jun Estorosas
Secretary General




From the masses, for the masses: Tulong Anakpawis Update (October 3, 2009)
Reference person:  Cherry Clemente
Position: Secretary-General
Contact information:  4269442
Date: October 3, 2009

From the masses, for the masses. This is the principle behind the TULONG ANAKPAWIS Emergency Relief Mission. In the absence of resources, the toiling masses turn to linking arms, donating whatever they can, offering their wholehearted services, in the interest of addressing the urgency to bring help to our fellow toiling masses.

Day 1. September 27 The day after the tragic flashflood in Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog, Anakpawis Partylist began its relief efforts by convening national organizations namely Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay), National Network of Agrarian Reform Advocates-Youth Sector (NNARA-Youth, PISTON, Pamalakaya, Institute for Occupation Health Safety and Development (IOHSAD) and Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) into one coordinated relief effort.

The initial meeting aims to (1) assess the damage that the flashfloods have inflicted in the areas monitored by Anakpawis and attending organizations, (2) draw up concrete steps to immediately address the needs of devastated communities, (3) list down commitments from organizations and volunteer individuals.

Attending organizations and individuals have agreed to coordinate all relief efforts under the name TULONG ANAKPAWIS to highlight that the relief efforts came from the toiling masses and towards the toiling masses.

Initial consultations identified three areas that are most affected by the flashfloods as possible beneficiaries of the first wave of relief missions – San Mateo, Marikina and Pasig with an estimated 80,000 families reported gravely affected.

Day 2. September 28. Tulong Anakpawis was able to gather existing resources such as used clothes and blankets, food stocks and cash from individuals. The office of Anakpawis Rep. Joel Maglunsod allocated P25,000 for the purchase of 10 cavans of rice and logistical expenses to start the ball rolling. It was able to distribute all relief packs to walk-in beneficiaries and area coordinators the next day such as Cupang in Antipolo, Bagong Silang and Camarin in Caloocan, and Potrero in Malabon.

Day 3 & 4. September 29 and 30, members of Anakpawis, NNARA-Youth UP Diliman, UP Manila and PUP went around communities in Quezon City to collect donations for flood victims. It is also heartwarming to note that ordinary people, workers, street vendors, drivers, household helpers and homeowners of similarly flooded areas have contributed money straight from their pockets. Cash donations totaled 7,500 aside from more than 50 bags of clothes and other items. Meanwhile, unionists, drivers and mothers stayed 24/7 to repack relief goods as they come. A group of office workers also volunteered in the repacking of goods after their work until late night.

Donations from businessmen, office workers, and reliable allies from senate and local government units also began to pour in. DSWD allocations for both Anakpawis Representaives Rafael Mariano and Rep. Joel Maglunsod were also immediately allocated for distribution in areas in Metro Manila, Rizal and Bulacan.

Day 5. October 1. Two barangays, Ampid I and Banaba, in San Mateo, Rizal were the first recipients of Tulong Anakpawis Emergency Relief and Medical Mission. Around 80 volunteers from participating organizations, unions, students and medical practitioners were distributed to 10 teams – one team for the medical mission and the other nine teams tasked to go to the affected communities. There were three major goals for each team – 1. determine which families are in most need of immediate help – relief goods and medical service, 2. help the families cope with the tragedy by empowering them, 3. inform beneficiaries about the conduct and objectives of the relief mission. This relief mission in San Mateo was able to distribute at least 1,100 relief goods and render medical attention and distributed medicines to 120 patients.

On the same day, Tulong Anakpawis volunteers from urban poor group Kadamay and CENPEG held another relief mission in Montalban, Rizal with an estimated 3,000 affected families. At least 500 relief goods were distributed. In the afternoon, Kadamay, with the help of United Church of Christ in the Philippines, proceeded to Payatas in Waterhole and Nicasia where 1,000 affected families live. Around 500 relief goods were also distributed.

Day 6 October 2. Donations continue to arrive from allied individuals and organizations. Facebook and website announcements have led to successive pledges for donations such as medicines and toiletries as part of a follow-up relief drive in San Mateo.

Another round of repacking operations were swiflty undertaken with the help of urban poor residents from Brgy. Kamias and UP Campus in Quezon City.

In preparation for another relief mission the next day, Tulong Anakpawis distributed 500 relief goods claim stubs to identified beneficiaries in Malanday and Tumana, Concepcion, Marikina

Day 7 October 3
Around 500 families in Marikina received the relief goods from the local chapter of Anakpawis in Brgy. Concepcion.

After that, the team proceeded to Bagong Silang and Camarin in Caloocan to deliver to 300 pre-identified households. Volunteers went as far as crossing raging rivers, guided by ropes to be able to deliver the relief goods to families gravely affected by the flood but were not able to receive any help because of the difficulty of their location.

Kadamay conducted another relief Mission in Pinyahan, Quezon City in coordination with All-UP Workers Union which distributed 87 relief goods to 100 affected families.

Anakpawis-Bohol leads a rally in commemoration of the World Food(less) Day and PD27 anniversary on October 21, 2009 and the peasant week.

Delegates of the 3rd provincial Convention of Anakpawis-Bohol