MANILA – Militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) lauded fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao's push for the approval of the P125 Wage Hike Bill, and cited the Sarangani representative's courage in supporting the proposal.
"We are so glad that Cong. Manny continues to lend his influence to workers' fight for a significant wage hike. We hope that the COLE (House Committee on Labor and Employment) and other congressmen will heed his call for support for the P125 Wage Hike Bill," said Lito Ustarez, KMU vice-chairperson, in a statement.
In a letter addressed to Northern Samar Rep. Emil L. Ong, chairperson of the House Committee on Labor and Employment, Pacquiao expressed full support for the Subcommittee on Labor Standards' approval of the wage hike proposal.
The Filipino boxer urged the COLE "to immediately approve the bill, create a committee report, and submit it to the House Plenary for possible deliberation and voting."
"[The bill] is urgently needed now after more than two decades of almost stagnant wages," Pacquiao said in his letter.
Ustarez said the letter showed that Pacquiao sides with the Filipino workers, a sector where he once belonged.
The KMU officer said Pacquiao also showed bravery by going against the ‘powers-that-be’ who oppose the wage hike.
“He is showing courage outside the ring in defying the powers-that-be who are stepping up their opposition to the P125 Wage Hike Bill," said Ustarez.