Health workers’ group appeal DQ from party-list race at SC

MANILA A party-list group representing health workers and professionals has filed a suit before the Supreme Court (SC) asking the tribunal to set aside the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) ruling rejecting their registration for May's mid-term elections.

In a petition, the Aksyon Health Workers Party-list, represented by Dr. Joseph M. Carabeo and Maristela Presto Abenojar, urged the court to annul, nullify, and reverse the poll body's resolutions dismissing their party-list's petition for registration on Nov. 9, 2018 and denial of the motion for reconsideration last January 17.

Carabeo, the group's first nominee took exception to the Comelec en-banc's finding that he is not a legitimate representative of the marginalized sector they seek to represent.

Aksyon Health Workers Party-list asserts that it genuinely represents the people belonging to the marginalized sectors of health workers and health professionals whose salaries fall way below the living wage and whose benefits and welfare are neglected or denied. These health personnel work beyond paid hours and sacrifice personal time but are not recognized as pillars of our country. Low wages, job insecurity, absence or lack of professional development, and precarious work conditions to name a few dehumanize our pillars of the health system, Carabeo said.

Because the people's right to health and the health workers' right to regular jobs and decent wages is a clamor across the nation, we have growing chapters in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, he added.

The group is campaigning for free and available health services, removal of the value-added tax (VAT) in all medicines, substantial increase in salaries and benefits for both private and public health workers, regular jobs, and the passage of a Magna Carta for Private Health Workers in Congress. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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