DOJ panel probes Kentex FIRE


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



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  1. Let us recognize the real motivation of this dumb and dumber gang in their over zealousness to prosecute those “responsible” for the kentex tragedy. 72 died here and isn’t it obvious that pnoy and his spin doctors see an opportunity here to redo his image of unconcern for the deaths of the SAF 44. Why is it that all of a sudden pnoy is all over media and fuming at the those alleged to be responsible for the tragedy from the mayor to the owners of the business. Prosecute them he orders and immediately on cue de lima starts her charade of ordering the formation of a team to investigate as if she is so appalled by such irresponsibility she declares criminal and administrative charges are to be filed immediately. What hypocrites and so moronic these gang is do they think that we will not see through these posturing. I will say again this lack of concern for the poor laborers has been going on since forever so don’t they think at all that their frantic posturing will save them from sharing in the responsibility for this tragedy so stop blaming others you morons own up be a man.