Statement on the 33rd Death Anniversary of Oscar Bantayan

On October 11, 1988, labor activist Oscar Bantayan, then national council member of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), was gunned down by suspected state forces.

He remained a staunch defender of workers’ rights at a time when political repression swept the country. He was relentless in calling to end contractualization, and increase the national minimum wage, among others. He was in picket lines with striking workers fighting for regularization, and a source of motivation for labor leaders, factory workers, unions, and communities.

His death was greatly felt by the labor movement and the people, but his life of service inspired others to follow the same path.

Unbowed like Oscar Bantayan, the Nonoy Librado Development Foundation, Inc. vows to champion workers’ rights and welfare even in dire situations. We also urge our fellow community workers and workers’ rights advocate to become unceasing in protecting and promoting pro-people labor laws and policies.

Onwards to a just and humane society!