Ang Caviteno Newsweekly February 19-25, 2018 Issue - Page 10

Alarming crime ... p. 4 For your printing requirements VOLUME XXXIV No. 32 Pebrero 19-25, 2018 P6.00 For quotation request, please contact us at (049) 834-6261 or email us at sinagprinting@ gmail.com B lack Hearts Day | Health workers slam CPD law, delayed release of bonus Black hearts, they said, signify the government’s lack of concern for the plight of health workers, most of whom suffer from long hours of work with not enough take home pay. By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA — On Valentine’s Day health workers took to the streets with their calls written in black hearts that they carried marching from España Boulevard to Chino Roces bridge (former Mendiola bridge). Dubbed as Black Hearts Day, the health workers led by the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) still have the same long time calls — salary increase, payment of overdue benefits, an end to contractualization, the scrapping of the burdensome Continuing Professional Development (CPD) law and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN). Black hearts, they said, signify the government’s lack of concern for the plight of health workers, most of whom suffer from long hours of work with not enough take home pay. Health workers from private and public hospitals joined the protest. They lamented that their condition is getting worse as neoliberal policies continue to be implemented by the government. Robert Mendoza, AHW chairperson said their salaries could note cope with the incessant price hikes and payment of their Continue on page 9 How SC decided on the second extension of martial law in Mindanao Seen as a precedent to nationwide military rule in the Philippines, human rights groups and advocates and freedom-loving individuals readily opposed the second extension and denounced the Supreme Court’s decision. By RUTH LUMIBAO MANILA — “We cannot afford to emasculate, dilute, or diminish the powers of government if in the end, it would lead to the destruction of the State and place the safety of our citizens in peril and their interest in harm’s way,” Justice Tijam, as ponente, wrote in the Lagman vs. Pimentel (2018) decision. In a vote of 10-5, the second extension of martial law in Mindanao, six months longer than its first extension, was declared constitutional. Almost the same justices who voted in favor of the first extension also voted in favor of the second. Seen as a precedent to nationwide military rule in the Philippines, human rights groups and advocates and freedom-loving individuals readily opposed the second extension and denounced the Supreme Court’s decision. “Another year of martial law in Mindanao will no doubt create a favorable condition for the military to continue its rampage on people’s rights with impunity,” Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights (Karapatan) Secretary General Cristina Palabay said in a statement. The following are the salient points in the SC’s decision: 1. Rebellion persists and threat to public safety exists Despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission, supported by statements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after the three leaders of the Maute group were killed, that the conflict in Marawi City has already ended, an extension of martial law for a year was recommended. “I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of the rehabilitation of Marawi,” the President said. Betraying his own admission, the President formally asked Congress in December 2017 for a second extension of Martial Law in Mindanao for a year. “…to ensure the total eradication of DAESH-inspired Da’waful Islamiyah Waliyatul Masriq (DIWM), other like- minded local/foreign terrorist groups (L/GTGs) and Armed Continue on page 3 Nurses are up in arms against the implementation of Continuing Professional Development law. (Photo by A. Umil/ Bulatlat) Big transport rally for genuine jeepney modernization set on Feb 19 “Whatever twaddle they claim, the current jeepney operators will not be able to survive the fleet management and consolidation ordered in the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines.” By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – Thousands of jeepney drivers and operators are set to join a planned “big transport rally” on February 19 in protest of the ongoing jeepney phaseout. From different parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan, leaders of transport associations said they will gather at Welcome Rotonda in Quezon City, hold a program, then march to Chino Roces (Mendiola) Bridge near Malacañang. “February 19 is a day of protest to make Duterte and his administration accountable for the destruction of livelihood of jeepney drivers, operators and assemblers, and its harsh effects on commuters,” said George San Mateo, national president of Pinagkaisang samahan ng Tsuper at Operytor Nationwaide (PISTON). Their group is supporting the February 19 transport rally to be led by the No To Jeepney Phaseout Coalition. The transport protest is “just a rally and not a strike,” the local transport leaders said. They clarified that they are after jeepney modernization, too, but the government’s program is “just a grand marketing scheme”, not sustainable, and will make transportation costlier to the riding public. Rooting for genuine modernization of jeepneys The government