63 year-old labor leader killed in Batangas

Mar. 10, 2015

An activist was killed in Batangas City as the country observes the International Women’s Day on Sunday.

The victim, identified as Florencio “Bong” Romano, 63, was discovered last March 8 in Barangay Soro-soro, Batangas City. Romano’s killing, according to Kilusang Mayo Uno, is the 18th case of extrajudicial killing in the labor sector under President Benigno Aquino, III.

“We condemn the killing of Ka Bong, a beloved comrade and a dedicated organizer. The Aquino government is committing all forms of violations of labor and human rights to prevent workers from forming genuine unions and collectively fighting for our rights,” said Elmer Labog, KMU chairperson.

Labog said Romano, who has been a labor activist since 1984 as a union leader at the RFM firm in Laguna, is an organizer of contractual workers in Batangas and the provincial coordinator of the National Coalition for the Protection of Workers’ Rights in Southern Tagalog.

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