recognizes Kito Mendoza leadership; TUCP lauds NAPC for not bowing to
Herrera rump group
MANILA – President Noynoy Aquino recognized the leadership of Democrito “Kito” Mendoza as
the duly president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)
despite a series of desperate attempts of its disgraced former
Secretary-General and former Sen. Ernesto Herrera to steal the
Aquino appointed TUCP
nominee Rosalinda Manabat, as Sectoral Representative of National
Anti-Poverty Commission’s Formal Labor and Migrant Workers (NAPC-FMLW).
Manabat was formally sworn in office yesterday in a ceremony at the
office of Secretary Joel Rocamora, lead convenor of the NAPC.
With the appointment
of Manabat into the NAPC council, Mendoza said the TUCP’s decent work
agenda, specifically the workers’ security of tenure, will continue to
be integrated with the anti-corruption and anti-poverty policies and
initiatives of the Aquino government.
lauded Aquino and Rocamora for not caving in to the pressure imposed
by Herrera and his rump group, who were accused of alleged corruption
and attempted to illegally grab the TUCP leadership.
“I commend Secretary
Rocamora for refusing to act on the nominee of Mr. Herrera of a
so-called TUCP representative in the NAPC. Mr. Herrera has been
replaced as the Secretary-General of TUCP and therefore he has no
authority to appoint any TUCP representative as part of the NAPC
Formal Labor and Migrant Workers (FMLW) Sectoral Representative,”
Herrera has been voted
out and replaced by TUCP General Council on January 24 and is now
undergoing expulsion proceedings for financial anomalies, loss of
confidence and gross mismanagement of TUCP affairs during his tenure.
He has no authority whatsoever to represent the TUCP or to appoint
anyone as TUCP representative in any offices, Mendoza emphasized.
The next day, January
25, he attempted to takeover TUCP offices and control the compound in
Quezon City in an apparent attempt to seize documents, records, and
dossiers proving his alleged complicity to financial wrongdoing.
Herrera was replaced
by Victorino Balais, president of long-time TUCP affiliate Philippine
Trade and General Workers Organization (PTGWO).
Herrera wrote Rocamora
telling the NAPC on February 1 that “he (Herrera) has taken over as
TUCP President” and he is appointing Rafael Mapalo as TUCP
representative in the NAPC Formal Labor and Migrant Workers.
Rocamora wrote back
and told Herrera that “NAPC’s official relations with TUCP have been
with the Mendoza leadership. Having maintained official relations with
TUCP through the Mendoza leadership in all NAPC undertakings in the
labor sector and with the House of Representatives, it will be
imprudent for us to simply acquiesce to your letter telling us that
you have “taken over as TUCP President.”
The TUCP is also
conducting an ongoing third-party financial audit of projects and
grants-in-aid given by the government, international and local
affiliates to support TUCP projects that benefit workers and their
families during Herrera’s tenure.
The NAPC was
created by RA 8425, otherwise known as Social Reform and Poverty
Alleviation Act which took effect on June 1998. The Act
institutionalizes the government’s Social Reform Agenda which enjoins
NAPC to strengthen and invigorate the partnerships between the
national government and the basic sectors including the TUCP.