Robredo to voters: Check other aspirants’ track record in pushing for labor rights

Presidential aspirant and Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday urged the public to look into the consistency of other aspirants in terms of pushing for labor rights.

Robredo made the remark during the covenant signing ceremony with Alliance of Labor Leaders 4 Leni (ALL4Leni), emphasizing that candidates would likely to present labor-related platforms but some would no longer pursue it after getting elected.

“‘Yung caveat ko dito, hindi lang ang polisiyang nilalahad ang tingnan, pero ‘yung ano ang track record ng nagsasabi para paniwalaan natin na kapag naupo sya, gagawin niya ‘yon. Madali lang kasi mag-commit, mag-promise lalo na sa panahon ng eleksyon,” Robredo said.

(My caveat here is to look beyond policies and check the track record of those who promise us so that we can be assured that once they are elected, they will respect their commitment. It is easy to commit and promise during the election period.)

She pointed out that an aspirant’s labor-related policies should reflect on their track records during their stints either as congressman, senator, or local government official.

“I’m sure ‘yung ibang mga kandidato hindi rin nalalayo dito yung kanilang polisiya pero hinihikayat natin sa mga kasama natin na nung hindi ba sila kandidato nagbibigay ba sila ng oras sa mga manggagawa? Kinakausap man lang ba nila? Kinokonsulta man lang ba sila?” she asked the labor leaders during the event.

(I’m sure some of the candidates’ labor policies do not differ from ours but we encourage our allies here to check if these candidates had given them time when they were not running for positions. Did they talk to or consult you?)

“Kasi ‘yun ‘yung indications na pananagutan kung ano ang commitment hindi lang s’ya campaign promise. Sa tingin ko na ‘yun ang pinakamahalaga na ‘pag pinapakinggan natin ang kandidato na nagsasalita, dapat tingnan din ang kanyang track record,” she added.

(Because those are the indications that their commitments are not mere campaign promises. I think that is the most important thing. We should not just hear the platforms but also their track record.)

Apart from this, Robredo said the components of her covenant with ALL4Leni are achievable if the government is trustworthy.

“Madali siyang gawin kapag maayos ang pamahalaan natin, may tiwala sa atin ang mga ‘di lang negosyante pero may tiwala sa atin ang lahat ng sektor ng bansa natin para makipagtulungan sa nation-building,” she said.

(It is easy if we have good governance, if the people are trusting us, not only the businessmen but all the sectors in our country who can contribute to nation-building.)

“Hindi ako sa inyo magko-commit na giginhawa ang buhay niyong lahat. Hindi ‘yon mangyayari kung ‘di niyo ako sasamahan. Ang akin, mako-commit ngayon mabibigyan kayo ng maraming puwang para mag-participate kayo sa government,” she told the labor leaders.

(I won’t commit that your lives will be much better. It won’t happen if you won’t join me in this fight. What I can commit is I can give you more space to participate in the government.)

Robredo emphasized that she is not a “magician” that could do the commitment alone, but vowed to coordinate with the labor sector to act on the factors that could contribute in achieving these.

One of the factors that she seeks to address is the inequality in the implementation of labor laws.

“Ang iko-commit ko sisiguraduin ko na lahat ng mga batas na nagke-create ng inequality ang aayusin natin. Siyempre Kongreso ito pero ise-certify natin na urgent,” she said.

(I can commit that we will fix the laws that create inequality in the labor sector. Of course, that is the job of the Congress but we will certify it as urgent.)

The signing of the covenant was led by Robredo and labor leader and senatorial aspirant Atty. Sonny Matula.

The covenant provides a five-point agenda for the labor sector under the Robredo presidency which includes:

Quality jobs as well as green jobs Proper compensation and salary for laborers Social protection through public services Respect for union rights and political rights of laborers Consultation and people’s participation

“Alam namin na kasama kayo ng mga manggagawa sa marami nang taon, alam namin na hindi niyo kami iiwan sa laban na ito,” Matula told Robredo.

(We know that you are with the laborers in the past few years and you will not forsake us in this fight.) —KBK, GMA News

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