Duterte : No beef with KMU PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 14 February 2016 14:17

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte said he regrets his statement on the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) during the proclamation rally was taken out of context.

In a statement, Duterte’s media bureau head Peter Lavina said the mayor was merely asking for the labor group to give him a chance to invite capital and help develop economic zones that will eventually create jobs.

“When Duterte launched the ‘Invest in Davao’ in 1992, his parameters were clear — invest for as long as you do not exploit our children, women, labor and environment,” Lavina explained.

Lavina was anchor officer of Invest in Davao Project of the then newly re-elected Mayor Duterte.

“Duterte is a lawyer and is fully aware of the labor’s right to organize, freely redress their grievances and have a share of the fruits of their toil,” Lavina added.

The Davao-based presidential candidate has maintained close political ties with activists and Leftist leaders in Davao City. In the 1992 elections, he included in his line-up the late labor leader Erasto ‘Nonoy’Librado, then secretary general of Kilusang Mayo Uno .

Librado won a seat in the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao but died of aneurism less than 2 months after taking his oath of office.

Duterte’s erstwhile political party Lakas ng Dabaw replaced the labor leader with his wife Marlyn Librado who went on to served 2 more 3-year terms.

Marlyn was replaced by daughter Angela Librado-Trinidad Trinidad, a human rights lawyer.

Trinidad said Duterte told her there is nothing to worry about his statement. She is now the barangay chair of Matina, one of the biggest barangays of Davao, after completing here 3 consecutive 3-year terms as city councilor.

Her younger sister Leah Librado-Yap, also a lawyer, is now also a city councilor. Both were in Tondo, Manila Tuesday to lend support to Duterte.

Duterte had also repeatedly intervened and tried to resolve labor disputes between unions affiliated with KMU that went on strike in the 1980s and early 1990s such as Davao Light, Apo View Hotel, Lapanday and Alsons.

During those times, he gave standing orders to the police not to apply violence and maintain maximum tolerance.

Duterte said if he is elected president, he will end labor contractualization .