Various groups have expressed their outrage over the death of five workers in the recent Manila Pavilion fire in a protest action today, March 22, 2018, calling it a “senseless death” due to hazardous and unsafe working spaces.
“We are outraged and we are demanding for justice to be served,” Kilusang Mayo Uno – Metro Manila’s Ed Cubelo said in a news report.
Apart from those killed, there are reportedly 24 other workers and hotel guests who were injured in the fire, according to a Manila Today report.
Those who joined today’s rally include Alyansa ng mga Manggagawa Laban sa Kontraktwalisasyon, Defend Job Philippines, and the Church People-Workers Solidarity.
“As a Church built by the Filipino faithful – the toiling masses and the workers – we cannot turn a blind eye and not see the apparent negligence of the hotel administration to the safety and welfare of its workers. Heads will roll,” said Ramento Project for Rights Defenders executive director Fr. Jonash Joyohoy said.
The RPRD is the human rights advocacy arm of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente. (RPRD News)
Photo grabbed from Philippine Star