Union leader slain in Sta. Rosa
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Monday, 07 June 2010 11:20

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:27:00 06/04/2010

Filed Under: political killings, Crime

SAN PEDRO, Laguna, Philippines—A union leader was gunned down in Sta. Rosa City on Wednesday, raising the number of slain labor activists in the Calabarzon region to nine under the term of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Eduard Panganiban, 27, was catching a ride to work when motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him in Barangay Caingin at past 5 p.m., according to Hermie Marasigan, chair of the labor group Pagkakaisa ng Samahan ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan (Pamantik).

He said based on accounts of the victim’s family and some witnesses interviewed by Pamantik, Panganiban died on the spot after suffering from at least seven gunshot wounds.

Panganiban was an employee of Takata Phils. Corp., an air bag and car seat belt manufacturing company at Laguna Techno Park, and secretary of independent trade union Samahan ng mga Manggagawa sa Takata.

Supt. Rodney Ramirez, Sta. Rosa City police chief, confirmed the shooting in a phone interview, but has yet to give details.

Marasigan said the victim was involved in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement between workers and management of Takata.

Pamantik said Panganiban was the 96th unionist slain in the Philippines under the Arroyo administration.

Leftist organizations have protested a spate of extrajudicial killings of militants under the rule of outgoing President Arroyo.

Most of the killings were perpetrated by motorcycle-riding gunmen and remain unsolved.

Militant groups, however, pointed an accusing finger at the Arroyo administration. Maricar P. Cinco, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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