Priest: Why ban kasambahays from elevators?

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2014 10:18 AM | Updated as of Nov 27 2014 03:28 PM

MANILA - An official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs cried foul over reports that a condominium unit in Bonifacio Global City is disallowing kasambahays from using regular elevators.

In an interview on Radyo Veritas, Rev. Fr. Jerome Secillano said the policy of banning kasambahays from using regular elevators reeks of discrimination.

Earlier news reports said the Icon Residences luxury condominium unit as well as other condominiums in Hong Kong do not allow drivers and kasambahays from using regular elevators. Instead, they are advised to use service elevators.

"May challenge ako dito, hinahamon ko hindi lamang yung mga grupo na nagsusulong ng kanilang karapatan kundi maging ang Simbahan at pamahalaan to look into this matter. Sila medyo mahihirap, sila ang hindi maka-claim ng kanilang karapatan feeling nila marginalized sila voiceless sila, dapat natin silang pangalagaan, hindi lamang ang mga babae, LGBT, mabuti sa Veritas pinag-usapan ito, ang isyu dito ang karapatan," Secillano said.

He added: "Grabe, kung ang isang katulong nasa 33rd ang unit ng kanyang amo, palalakarin mo siya sa hagdanan. Nasaan naman ang makataong treatment dito?"

The prelate said that aside from discrimination, many kasambahays are given measly wages.

"Ang kanilang sahod, ang treatment sa mga kasambahay, disadvantage at discriminated...Pag meron ang isang tao, may posisyon o pera, kita natin yung treatment ng ibang tao, kinikilala talaga siya, halimbawa pag pulubi ang dumaan hindi pinapansin, pero pag mayor, kahit di kakilala igi-greet mo siya ng 'Good Morning,'" he said. With a report from Radio Veritas