Labor group denies hand in alleged oust-Duterte plot


Posted at Sep 30 2018 12:30 PM

MANILA - The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) denied Sunday any role in an alleged coalition scheming to remove President Rodrigo Duterte from office next month.

Military officials recently claimed that the coalition led by communist rebels and Duterte's critics are urging workers' unions to mount simultaneous strikes and paralyze the manufacturing industry, in a plot dubbed "Red October."

"Kami po ay ang pinakamalaking labor organization dito sa ating bansa, pero hindi kami kasama sa mga umano ay may balak mag-destabilize sa Duterte administration," TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay told reporters.

(We are the largest labor organization in our country, but we are not among those supposedly planning to destabilize the Duterte administration.)

TUCP has made its stance known in a recent meeting with military and defense officials, he said.

The organization is composed of 1.2 million members from around 30 labor federations, according to its website. It is mainly concerned with pushing for additional wages amid the rising prices of goods, said Tanjusay.

The TUCP has pressed the Duterte administration to end labor contractualization and has mounted protest rallies.

The Communist Party of the Philippines, Magdalo group and Liberal Party earlier denied conniving to oust Duterte.

With a report from Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News