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PIA Press Release
2010/09/14

SUDECOR workers denounce CPP-NPA atrocities

Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur (14 September) -- Hundreds of workers from the Manufacturing Plant in Cantilan and the Woods Group in Carmen, all of Surigao del Sur, denounced the atrocities perpetrated by the CPP-NPA against the Surigao Development Corporation (SUDECOR).

In a strongly-worded statement, the workers accused the NPA of undermining the economic activities of the company, thus causing instability in the company's operations. The workers asserted that the NPAs attacks against the company are an assault to their rights because the state of the company's finances boils down to the sustainability and certainty of employment.

Since 1987, SUDECOR has recorded a total of 43 attacks by the CPP-NPA. The said attacks include the burning of more than 80 equipment, and the killing of several company security forces and civilian employees. "'All these are but acts of terror that hurt the lowly workers", the statement said.

The workers also reacted on the pronouncement made by George Madlos a.k.a. Ka Oris during the CPPs 41st Anniversary that the CPP in North Eastern Mindanao has decided to put a stop to SUDECOR because of the continuing destruction of the forest. Agitated by the warning from the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Mindanao, the workers reacted by saying that "we cannot afford to remain silent as the CPP-NPA continues to disrupt the production of the company that has been recognized by the United Nations as a model in sustainable forest management."

The worker's also echoed their calls to the general public to condemn the continuing terroristic attacks of the NPA against a responsible business organization like SUDECOR. "Let us defend the forest by allowing SUDECOR to continue its forest management practices, and let us defend our livelihood by condemning the NPAs so that they may no longer attack the company again", thus concluded the worker's statement. (SUDECOR/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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