Makati Employees Protest Retrenchmentsource

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Several Makati City Hall employees held a protest Thursday rally over their abrupt retrenchment from their jobs, pointing their fingers at Mayor Jejomar Binay for allegedly oppressing those employees who openly reject support for his son’s mayoralty candidacy in the May 10 elections.As early as 7 a.m., protesting employees from the offices of the Makati Action Center (MAC), Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), Sanggguniang Kabataaan Federation and Office of the Vice Mayor (OVM), gathered beside the city hall office to air their grievances.According to the protesters, including casual employees, a timekeeper from the human resources department just verbally informed them on Wednesday afternoon that they need not report for work the next day.The protesters vowed to file cases against Binay, City Administrator Marjorie de Veyra, and human resource personnel head Visha Marie Aldon before the Office of the Ombudsman, Civil Service, Office of the President, Department of Interior and Local Government.The employees said they were dismayed at Binay’s actions, which they alleged, were prompted because of their support to Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado in the mayoralty race. Mercado is the strongest challenger of his son, Councilor Jun-Jun Binay.Marites Cadao, who has been a Makati City Hall employee for four years now, said she and her husband under MADAC did not receive a termination notice.“The other day, while logging out from work, the timekeeper informed us that it’s our last day and we need not report for work the next morning,” said Cadao.“If our contract had been terminated, why did they allow us to report for work. …

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