May 14, 2011
The Partido ng Manggagawa welcomed Malacanang’s order for the speedy resolution of the case of slain
forest guard Elpidio “Jojo” Malinao. “We appreciate President Benigno Aquino III’s order for the authorities to go after the perpetrators of Jojo Malinao’s killing. Jojo was that rare combination of being an advocate for both Mother Nature and Father Labor and justly deserves to be honored by the government as a Filipino hero,” asserted Renato Magtubo, PM chair. Mt. Makiling
Malinao was an active union leader being vice president of the UPLB chapter of the Organization of Non-Academic Personnel of UP (ONAPUP), a national council member of ONAPUP and a PM leader in Laguna.
Magtubo added that “We do not have any information yet that Jojo’s killing is linked to his union activities. Although in the
, unionism is a deadly vocation.” According to international human rights groups, the country has the second most number of trade union leaders killed after Philippines . The group said that Malinao is the third PM leader killed in Calabarzon since its founding in 2001. Colombia
Meanwhile Gloria almariego, ONAPUP national president stated that “The death of Jojo Malinao left a vacancy in the leadership of ONAPUP that will be hard to fill. We are praying that the perpetrators will be caught. UP must do its part to give justice to the death of Jojo.”
PM together with the union ONAPUP stated that it will closely monitor the results of the investigation and prosecution of Malinao’s case.