Laborers’ party supports protesting PAL workers

THE labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) declared its support for Philippine Airlines employee Sarah Bonnin-Ocampo’s fight for justice on the eve of her filing of the case against Rep. Eulogio Magsaysay.

A contingent from PM will accompany Ocampo and the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (Palea) in the filing of complaints against Magsaysay at the Ombudsman and the House ethics committee tomorrow, Monday.

The groups will troop to the Office of the Ombudsman at 10 a.m. and to the Batasang Pambansa at 1 p.m.

The complaints said Magsaysay was guilty of “unethical behavior for a public official” and “conduct unbecoming of a public official.”

“Sarah’s fight is the fight of all working women. We call on women workers and women advocates to stand up against sexism and for dignity in support of Sarah,” said PM secretary general Judy Ann Miranda.

PM will also join other women’s groups in the forum “Stand Up Against Sexism and Abuse of Working Women and Men” at a restaurant in Quezon City right after the filing of cases.

“We hope Sarah’s courageous fight for justice will blaze a trail in the struggle for workers’ dignity. Service workers suffer indignities in the workplace but receive no protection from their employers or the government. There are many more Sarahs who need support and protection against abusive and insensitive officials and customers,” she said.

Miranda also questioned Magsaysay’s credentials as a supposed party-list representative.

“Magsaysay’s abusive behavior towards a woman employee exposes his pretensions as a representative of the marginalized. What underrepresented sector exactly does Magsaysay’s Alliance of Voluntary Educators speak for?” she asked.

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