The Department of Justice (DOJ) will form a panel of prosecutors to investigate the fire that razed the Kentex factory in Valenzuela City that left 70 people dead.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she will issue this week a department order for the formation of the panel following the directive of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
She said the preliminary investigation will look at the criminal and administrative liabilities of persons responsible for the tragedy.
An Inter Agency Task Force tat investigated the Valenzuela blaze has recommended the filing of charges against concerned officials at the justice department.
“As announced by the president yesterday, gusto n’yang pakasuhan (he wants them charged). Ang alam ko diyan ay may report na yung interagency task force, may findings na at recommendations. Kasama sa recommendation ay pagpa-file ng mga kaso). What I know is that the inter-agency task force already has its findings and recommendations, and one of these recommendations is the filing of charges),” de Lima said.
But the country’s biggest coalition of labor groups, Nagkaisa,on Tuesday said government should make sure that all establishments are complying with occupational safety and labor standards.
“The Kentex tragedy represented the general condition of Filipino workers who suffer the life of poverty and indignity in sweatshop factories and the only way to end this medieval system is to enforce compliance to labor standards and the enactment of the Security of Tenure bill to prevent the proliferation of illegal labor contractors,” the group said in a statement.
The Nagkakaisa is a coalition of labor federations and workers organizations in private and public sector operating nationwide.
Among its members are the Alliance of Free Workers (AFW), All Filipino Workers , Confederation (AFWC), Automobile Industry Workers Alliance (AIWA), Alab Katipunan, Association of Genuine Labor Organizations (AGLO), Associated Labor Unions (ALU), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Association of Trade Unions (ATU), MARINO, Partido Manggagawa (PM), and Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). Jomar Canlas and