Binay to PAO: defend Pasay fire victims

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Vice President Jejomar Binay attends the wake of Pasay fire victims on Tuesday.

Vice President Jejomar Binay attends the wake of Pasay fire victims on Tuesday.

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday urged the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) to extend legal help to the eight people killed in a fire that razed a warehouse in Pasay City last week.

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In a statement, Binay said he met with the families of the fire victims during their wake at the Veronica Funeral Homes.

The victims’ relatives told him that the fatalities were kept in a locked room, which prevented them from escaping from the fire.

In a letter, Binay asked PAO chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta to look closely into the case.

He said he was certain that the victims did not receive proper wages as mandated by law and that they were not enrolled as members of the Social Security System (SSS).

The Vice President added that he was told that the victims were hired as domestics but were made to work as employees in the business establishment of their employer.

“They worked in a cell phone factory. They were not domestics,” he said.

Binay also urged the Department of Labor and Employment to closely monitor employers and employees.

“Many companies mistreat workers. The DOLE should stop this,” Binay said.

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