“Ka Bel is a true champion of genuine unionism,” – Labor NGO

“Ka Bel is a true champion of genuine unionism,” – Labor NGO

The Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, Inc. (EILER, Inc.) expressed condolences to the family of Rep. Crispin “Ka Bel” Beltran who died this Tuesday morning due to an accident in his home and calls Ka Bel as a true champion of genuine unionism.

Anna Leah Escresa, Program Officer of EILER,Inc. said that workers and labor advocates have lost a lot in the passing of a respected and veteran labor leader who had been considered as one of the foundation of genuine unionism in the Philipines, “We have known Ka Bel from our research and education programs and have learned a lot from him in promoting genuine trade unionism through mass education and skills trainings for workers and worker-leaders.”

Beltran have started his calling in the workers’ movement when he joined and became secretary general of the Kilusang Mayo Uno in the 1980s. He had been persecuted during the former dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos and was jailed by the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration in 2006.

“His life tells us of how it is to really fight for the cause and welfare of the ordinary Juan Obrero,” Escresa ended.###

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