Hacienda Luisita Union Leader Shot Dead, Dissidents Condemn Killings
06 Nov 2005 06:12 GMT
After the massacre, assailants suspected to be the operatives of Philippine Armed Forces Region 3 Command under General Palparan, gunned down Hacienda Luisita union-leader, Ricardo Ramos, Tuesday night.
According to reports gathered from mainstream media, Ricardo Ramos, 47, president of the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Labor Union (CATLU), was shot and killed on Tuesday while drinking with friends in his backyard in Barangay Mapalacsiao five hours after the union received at least P8 million from the Hacienda Luisita Inc. as settlement for back wages.(source: inq7.net)
“The murder of Ramos is the fresh addition to the long line of labor leaders who have been killed during the Arroyo administration.” says BMP (Solidarity of Socialist Filipino Workers) in a given solidarity statement condemning the State for carrying terrorist campaign against workers struggle for genuine unionism and social reforms. BMP also said that State sponsored terrorism has gone berserk even in workers picket lines, pointing out the recent murder of a worker from Scneider Packaging Corp. in a violent dispersal by police and scabs using the power of Assumption of Jurisdiction ordered by Department of Labor.
In case of another attack, a unified civil liberties movement was suggested by Jun Simbulan of Philippine Greens to strengthen the ranks of various dissident groups by setting aside each own ideological differences.