The House of Representatives will have a new member by the time the 16th Congress opens its second regular session on July 28.
Roland de la Cruz is replacing Raymond Democrito Mendoza as party-list representative of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the country’s largest labor group.
TUCP spokesman Raffy Mapalo over the weekend announced that the Court of Appeals (CA) has upheld with finality former Sen. Ernesto Herrera’s assumption of the post of TUCP president, thus affirming the validity of all the acts that he performed as chief executive of the national labor center.
“Among Herrera’s actions, which the CA effectively legitimated, was the designation of de la Cruz as TUCP’s first party-list nominee in the 2013 congressional elections,” Mapalo said.
De la Cruz, 39, is deputy general secretary of the 80,000-strong National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines (NACUSIP-TUCP).
In a judgment promulgated June 16, 2014, Mapalo said the CA also declared as “void from the start” all acts performed by resigned TUCP pPresident Democrito Mendoza Sr., including his act of designating his own son, Raymond, as the labor group’s first party-list nominee in the 2013 elections.
“We just received our copy of the CA resolution,” he added.
Mapalo recalled that after 38 years as TUCP president, the elder Mendoza, now 91, voluntarily resigned his post on November 1, 2011.
“Mendoza’s resignation, conveyed in writing, was accepted by TUCP’s national executive board. Herrera, then general secretary, automatically succeeded Mendoza, based on TUCP’s Constitution and By-laws,” he said.
According to Mapalo, the elder Mendoza, however, later recalled his resignation at the prodding of his son, thus setting off a dispute that the CA resolved in a ruling first promulgated on October 7, 2013.
In that verdict, the appellate court upheld Herrera as TUCP president, saying the former two-term senator validly assumed the post of president when Mendoza effectively quit his post on his own accord.
“The new CA ruling merely affirmed its previous decision sustaining Herrera as TUCP president, and denied Mendoza’s motion for reconsideration,” Mapalo said.
The CA also ordered the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to ensure that Herrera and other duly-designated officers, “shall have full use and access to the TUCP offices including its equipment, facilities, papers, [property]in Quezon City and located elsewhere, as may be necessary in the discharge of official duties, without interruption or disruption.”
Referring to the DOLE, the court said: “Public respondents are also ordered to sanction, in accordance with existing laws and applicable regulations, any TUCP member or agent who obstructs, delays or defeats the enforcement of this decision.”
Mendoza previously padlocked TUCP’s Diliman, Quezon City headquarters, forcing Herrera and other officers and staff to temporarily hold office in Manila.