PHOTOS | Thousands of workers march in Davao on Labor Day

May. 03, 2016

DAVAO CITY – An estimate of 6,000 workers joined the Labor Day march here on Sunday, May 1. Workers took to the streets their calls to end contractualization and for higher wages.

Labor groups under Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao  set up inside the Magsaysay Park the pictures of the philosophers Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong during the 130th Commemoration of the International labor day.

Labor groups under Kilusang Mayo Uno Southern Mindanao set up inside the Magsaysay Park the pictures of the philosophers Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong during the 130th Commemoration of the International labor day.

Lumad farmers from Compostela Valley Province join the protest to support the workers' struggle.

Lumad farmers from Compostela Valley Province join the protest to support the workers’ struggle.

Workers hold the flag of party-list Anakpawis, while waiting to start the march.

Workers hold the flag of party-list Anakpawis, while waiting to start the march.

Banana workers from Compostela Valley Province are getting ready for the big mobilization.

Banana workers from Compostela Valley Province are getting ready for the big mobilization.

Around 6,000 workers from different provinces of Southern Mindanao Region march the street of Davao City as they commemorate labor day.

Around 6,000 workers from different provinces of Southern Mindanao Region march the street of Davao City as they commemorate labor day.

Union members affiliated to the labor center, Kilusang Mayo Uno raise the red flags while they march the streets from Magsaysay Park to Rizal Park.

Union members affiliated to the labor center, Kilusang Mayo Uno raise the red flags while they march the streets from Magsaysay Park to Rizal Park.

Workers wear shirts with their calls to raise the national minimum wage to P750 for the private sector and P16,000 for the public sector.

Workers wear shirts with their calls to raise the national minimum wage to P750 for the private sector and P16,000 for the public sector.

Manobo women raise their fists as they join the workers march in Davao City. They also called for the immediate release of the calamity funds for the El Niño affected area.

Manobo women raise their fists as they join the workers march in Davao City. They also called for the immediate release of the calamity funds for the El Niño affected area.

A cultural group performs a dance depicting the situation of workers in the Philippines.

A cultural group performs a dance depicting the situation of workers in the Philippines.

A quote popularized by German philosopher, Karl Marx, lives today as one of the rallying calls of the workers.

A quote popularized by German philosopher, Karl Marx, lives today as one of the rallying calls of the workers.

Carlo Olalo, spokesperson of Kilusang Mayo Uno challenges all the presidentiables to end contractualization in the country. On the background is a photo of the Russian leader, Joseph Stalin.

Carlo Olalo, spokesperson of Kilusang Mayo Uno challenges all the presidentiables to end contractualization in the country. On the background is a photo of the Russian leader, Joseph Stalin.

  • TomD

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it – George Santayana.

    Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong — the two dictators celebrated on the placards to the right in the first photo shown in the article — are directly responsible for the death of at least 25,000,000 people (Stalin) and at least 75,000,000 people (Mao), the two most genocidal dictators of the 20th century. Most of those murdered were citizens of their own countries, not foreigners killed in war. They were workers and peasants, teachers and intellectuals, the common and the not so common — men, women, and children. Some of them were killed in “worker’s camps,” some were tried in show trials and killed for being “enemies of the state,” some died of starvation due to famine brought on by their political and economic ideologies.

    Neither Stalin nor Mao were elected democratically or ruled democratically. They killed millions of innocent fellow citizens who “got in their way.” If those are your heroes, your representatives of “the people” and their rights and aspirations, you must account for the fact that they killed over 100,000,000 of their own citizens in the name of “the people,” and were the most barbarous dictators of the 20th century.

  • Nelson501

    Can you get Principles why still their support as they were workers and peasants, teachers and intellectuals, the common and the not so common — men, women, and children. Some of them were killed in “worker’s camps,”
    Does this mean they are willing to decapitate as long they live with it? Who are their enemy. Just asking do you observed…
    Farmers are in hunger asking for food fired back with bullets. Our Soldiers fights and assassinated by our own Filipino citizen. Struggling filipinos willing to live peacefully even in a hard ways but victims by their own friend and neighbors. Talented individuals, police and military become the sindicate or drug lords.
    Who is the real culprit.

    Peace be with you…

  • Romerico Gonzalez

    lisod naman bai inglis mo. sakit sa dughan.

  • Nelson501

    Atm asthma attack me

  • TomD

    Nelson, a cause may be just, as in the struggle of the Filipino people, while the means chosen for addressing that cause, communist ideology, may be unjust and misguided.

    Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong are not admirable representatives of a just cause — they are not heroes of the past to be celebrated and emulated as an inspiration for today’s injustices — they were despotic and murderous dictators who oppressed their own people. The communist movement of the 20th century resulted in the murder of over 100,000,000 people and, in many places, produced famines and mass deprivation to the people. Communist ideology is not the answer to injustice.

    Peace, and true justice, be with you . . .

  • Keeper244

    NO TO COMMUNISM…NO TO DUTERTE!

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