The labor sector in Negros Occidental expressed its apprehensions following the partial results of the senatorial race in the May 13 elections.
Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations, yesterday said the votes “shut out” the opposition candidates.
Except for Senator Cynthia Villar, who manifested her concern for the farm workers, they couldn’t discern if the other senatoriables would champion the causes of the labor sector, he said.
He said they are wary that the new officials would defend and protect the workers. “We’re in the state of guarded optimism,” he added.
Sancho also said he is hoping that those who supported the call not to pursue sugar import liberalization will “stay true to their commitment.”
Moreover, he said he is also hoping the newly-elected senators will support their plan for another wage increase. He added they are supporting the proposed national minimum daily wage of P750.
Sancho said he also hoped the senators will pursue the campaign promise of President Rodrigo Duterte to end contractualization because thousands of workers are still contractual.
He said the people have spoken and they respect the majority for electing those officials, but they will remain vigilant and will always oppose the government’s anti-worker policies.
As of last night, partial and unofficial results showed that the top 12 senators were Villar, Grace Poe, Bong Go, Pia Cayetano, Bato Dela Rosa, Sonny Angara, Lito Lapid, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, Koko Pimentel, and Nancy Binay.*
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