The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) conducted a Technical Executive Committee (TEC) monitoring body meeting last 16 August 2019 at the Bureau of Labor Relations Conference Room, Intramuros, Manila to discuss matters on the alleged labor-related cases on extra-judicial killings (EJK) and attempted murder pending under the Duterte administration.
According to the statistics provided for by the DOLE, there have been a total of 72 reported cases since the Arroyo administration. Out of the 72 cases, 50 cases were reported under the Arroyo administration, 16 cases were reported under the Aquino administration, and 6 cases were reported under the current administration. As of June 2019, there have been six reported EJK and attempted murder cases so far that were allegedly labor-related.
The members of the monitoring body who attended the TEC thoroughly discussed the facts of each case and its current status. According to the investigations, only one case, could possibly be related to labor issues.
Thereafter, the monitoring body extensively discussed its authority and to what extent it may “monitor” cases. The DOLE informed the monitoring body that its authority emanates from Republic Act No. 10395, which institutionalized the DOLE-led monitoring body on compliance with the International Labour Standards. The DOLE-led monitoring body is specific to labor rights and related cases. The monitoring body is only empowered to monitor and follow up on cases.
To end, the monitoring body unanimously agreed to issue a resolution informing the Department of Justice to follow up and expedite the investigation on the six above-mentioned cases.