The militant regional trade union center Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan (PAMANTIK-KMU) condemns in utmost terms the killing of Celino Baccay, organizer and board member of an independent union in Maeno Giken, a Japanese-owned company in First Cavite Industrial Estate (FCIE), Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Around 10PM on March 8, two (2) unidentified men ambushed and killed Baccay, 31, while aboard his motorcycle on his way home from work in Barangay Langkaan, Dasmariñas. Doctors in De La Salle University Medical Center pronounced Baccay dead on arrival at around 10:45PM.
The death of Baccay proved that extra-judicial killings continue under the US-Aquino regime.
Under Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya, most targets and victims of extra-judicial killings (EJK) from the trade union movement were leaders and members of KMU-affiliated unions. Towards the end of her term and during the early months of the succeeding Aquino administration, EJK victims included independent unions such as those from EMI-Yazaki, Takata, Calamba Water District, and recently the case of Baccay of Maeno Giken.
With Noynoy Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan, militarization persists in areas where workers’ unions and mass organizations actively exist. In the last week of February, elements of the 202nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army were deployed in Cabuyao, Laguna in the guise of conducting community service.
The Aquino administration only continued in his Oplan Bayanihan the old scheme of suppressing the people, attuned with the imperialist US’s “war on terror”. This means the completion of destroying the basic rights and intensifying the suppression of the people’s clamor for genuine social change.
The pretext that the US-Aquino regime lined unionism with terroristic activities legitimizes the vilification and demonization campaigns against, surveillance, and targets for liquidation of leaders and activists whose only aim is to establish and struggle for the right to union.###