On March 4, COURAGE National Council Member and Water Systems Employees Response (WATER) Secretary General, Ramir Corcolon, was arrested in his home in Laguna Province. CUPE members have met with Corcolon on one of our union’s delegations to the Philippines. As President of the San Pablo City Water District Employees Association (SPCWDEA), we know him to be a committed public sector trade unionist and leader. Eugene Eugenio, member of COURAGE-Rizal and a former employee of Antipolo City Hall, was also arrested on March 7.
CUPE denounces the regime of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the armed forces and the police for their policy of state terror, legitimized by the Anti-Terror Law of 2020.
This attack, which is being described as “Bloody Sunday,” is the latest escalation in an already violent and repressive situation.
We stand in solidarity with COURAGE and all organizations and activists targeted for exercising their right to organize to defend human and labour rights.