Republic of the Philippines HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Quezon City FIFTEENTH CONGRESS First Regular Session

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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.

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INTRODUCED BY ANAKPAWIS PARTY.LIST REPRESENTATIVE RAFAEL V. MARIANO A RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RTGHTS TO INVESTIGATE, IN AID oF LEcrsLATIoN, THE KILLING oF cARLos RoDRtGvDz, uNIoN PRESIDENT OF THE NAGI{AI{AISANG LAI{AS NG MGA MANGGAGAWA SA CALAMBA WATER DISTRTCT (NLD-CWDI, AN AFFTLIATE MEMBER OF THE CoNFEDERATTON FOR THE UNITY, ADVANCEMENT AND RECOGNITION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (COURAGEI WHEREAS,on November L2,2010 at around 5:30 p.m, carlos ,caloy,Rodriguez, 41 years old, union president of the Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawasa Calamba Water District (NLD-CWD)was shot dead by motoicy"t"--ilaing men in Calamba, Laguna; WHEREAS' NLD-CWD is an affiliate of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage),a membei organization of Anakpawis Partylist; WHEREAS, Rodriguez is also a convenor of Water System Employees' Response (WATER),a national alliance of water district unions in the "orrrri.y; UTHEREAS'Rodriguez is the 22"d victim of extra judicial killing under the administration of President Benigno simeon Aquino III; WHEREAS, the killing of Rodriguez happened at a time when water district employees are fighting against systematic union busting, and political repression against their ranks; WHEREAS' during its National Council Meeting held last October 15, 2010, WATER approved a resolution to launch an international and national campaign demanding for the recognition of water district employees'right to selforgatization, right to peaceful assembly, right to collective bargaining and other constitutionally guaranteed rights as workers; WHEREAS, water district employees,including Rodriguez, are legitimate public servants fighting against the continuing national policies of privatization, Iibetalization, deregulation that has led to the massive retrenchment and labor flexibilization in the public sector;

WHEREAS, as a government employee, Rodriguez is an anti-corruption advocate that staunchly supports the exposition of graft and corruption practice in the implementation of government projects, particularly in the build-operate-transfer (BOT)bulk water supply projects; WHEREAS, as a union leader, Rodriguez is at the forefront in the struggle against systematic repression of water district employees - including the filing of administrative cases against union officers, rigorous management policies against union activities, delay of benefits, forced resignation and illegal termination; WHEREAS, according_ labor groups Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and COURAGE, to the shooting and death of Rodriguez is yet another consequenceof president Aquino's decision to continue the implementation of the murderous Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) counter-insurgency program of the former Arroyo administration, in adherence to the US Counter-insurgency Guide. WHEREAS' KMU leader Elmer Labog also said that the continued killings of activists and critics of the government is a consequence of the utter failure of the Aquino administration to prosecute former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoand perpetrators of grave human-rights violations that they have committed whiie in power. WHEREAS, while President Aquino says that carrying out extra-judicial killings is not a policy of his administration, nothing is being done to arresi, put to trial and incarcerate the masterminds and accomplic"" r."ponsible for extra-ludicial killings, WHEREAS, based on the documentation of human rights advocates,incidents of extra judicial killings take place at an alarming pace of 'one activist killed every week;' UTHEREAS,out of the 22leaders and members of progressive organizations killed since June 30, more than half are from affiliates of Anakpawis eirtytist; NOW THER.EFORE BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the House Committee on Human Rights to investigate, in aid of legislation, the killing of carlos Rodriguez, union president of the Nagkakaisang Laki.s ng mga Manggagawa sa Calamba Water District (NLD-CWD), an amhte m-emberof the Confederation for the Unity, Advancement and Recognition of Government Employees (Courage).

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