In Photos: Thousands of Bicolano Protesters marked Labor Day ‘18 despite heavy rain

By Reynard Magtoto

Despite heavy rain, thousands of Bicolano protesters led by KMU & Bayan Bicol held simultaneous march in six provinces to demand the end of contractualization in the country.

“Workers also here in Bicol face low wages, unemployment, rising prices and taxes, trade union repression, rights violations and attacks on Philippine sovereignty. We demand for regularization of all the workers in the country. DOLE Department Order (DO) 174 only gives the government the license to kill jobs and only allows many types of contracting and subcontracting that will cause intractable labor rights violations,” Dan Balucio of BAYAN-Bicol said.

Effigy in Albay highlights imperialism and the neoliberal polices of Duterte regime such as TRAIN Law and the proposed Charter Change. “The connivance of US imperialism in the face of Trump and Dictatorship in the hands of Duterte only lead to more human rights violations and suppression,” Balucio added.

Legazpi City

Albay protesters burned Duterte-Trump octopus effigy with tentacles symbolically representing imperialism and neoliberal policies of Duterte regime such as Charter Change, TRAIN Law and DOLE Department Order 174.

Naga City

Along with the protest actions in Camarines Sur, Pamplona police blocked six jeepneys of the delegates in Pamplona but eventually joined the march.

While two jeepneys of Calabanga delegates were barred by the PNP.

A symbolic unification of the hammer and sickle was conducted at Abella St., Naga City. Two groups were positioned at the Naga Smiles CBD Terminal while the other came from the LCC Terminal.

BAN Tyranny – Bikol Nationalist Alliance Against Tyranny also joined the Labor Day program in Camarines Sur. (with report from Ancleto Odiver/BaretangBikolnon.com)

Virac, Catanduanes

Kilosa protest also launches in Virac. Over 200 Catanduanons joined the protest program while AFP, SWAT and PNP were visible in their venue. (with contributed photos)

Daet, Camarines Norte

Only 700 people attended the protest action in Daet. According to Chris Asis of Gabriela-CamNorte, delegates from Mercedes was threatened by the element of AFP yesterday not to attend the said activity.

The protest carried out in the said province was to value the contribution of the workers in the country. “The government’s undervalued contribution to our workers is clearly a violation of human rights,” Venus de Mesa of Karapatan CamNorte said.

De Mesa added that it is a great challenge for workers to defend their rights. The key is the collective action to terminate contractualization and increase wages, increase the benefits and other labor rights. (with contributed photos)

Masbate City

Four vehicles of the delegates here were blocked at Masbate PNP Provincial Mobile Force 507 Camp in Bgy. Santo Niño, Cataingan.

According to BAYAN-Masbate, the police troops wanted the delegates to return to their homes in the municipalities of Pio V Corpuz and Esperanza.

One of the police officers were identified as PO1 Laurio. They were blocked because of attending the rally and over loaded.

Three vehicles of the delegates decided to go back while the other vehicle paid for the fine as instructed by the PNP just to join the protest rally in the city. Some drivers paid for 1,500 pesos while others paid 8,000 pesos which depends on their violations.

Driver licenses were also confiscated. Only 43 vehicles of the delegates made it to the caravan and protest action. (with report and photos from Jessabel Tabios/BaretangBikolnon.com)

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