A group of former ABS-CBN employees has reportedly sought government intervention on Monday in their complaint against their former employer.
In a Facebook post, blogger Banat By said the former employees of the network visited Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III in his office in Manila to tackle their case.
“Ngayong araw po ay sinamahan natin ang mga dating empleyado ng ABS-CBN upang ireklamo ang hindi pagpapatupad ng nasabing network,” By wrote.
“Nadesisyon na ang kaso sa korte ngunit hindi ito pinapatupad ng pamunuan ng ABS-CBN. Kaya humingi ng tulong ang mga empleyado kay SEC BELLO ng DOLE,” he added.
Accompanying the workers were Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Mocha Uson and actor Robin Padilla, according to By.
By said Uson and Padilla joined the meeting to show support for the former ABS-CBN employees, who decried the alleged incorrect salary compensation or wages by the Lopez-owned network.
“Lingid din sa kaalaman ng lahat si Mocha bago pa maging opisyal ay tinutulungan na niya ang mga ito. At dahil nga sa ngayon siya ay opisyal na ng OWWA na nasa ilalim ng DOLE nilapit din niya ito kay Sec. Bello,” said By, who is an ardent supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte like Uson and Padilla.
“At sa mga basher, troll at fake account na nagtatanung kung trabaho ba ni Mocha ito ay mas maganda siguro itanung ay kung ANO ANG MAITUTULONG niyo sa mga walang kalaban laban nating kababayang hindi sinahuran ng tama ng ABS-CBN,” he added.
Former ABSCBN employees nakipag meeting kay Sec Bello. Naandun din si Mr. ROBIN PADILLA upang sumuporta sa mga empleyado. pic.twitter.com/oVXlcUu37l
— Mocha Uson Blog (@MochaUson) March 2, 2020
By then noted that Uson and Padilla “go the extra mile to help our countrymen” so their actions should not be misunderstood to something else.
“Hindi naman kailangan maging trabaho ng isang tao ang tumulong para ito ay tumulong. Kung nasanay kayo sa opisyal ni PNOY (former president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III) na nagtratrabaho lang pag may kamerang nakatapat ay ibahin ninyo ang mga opisyal ni Tatay Digong,” he said.
“Nag-e-extra mile sila para tumulong sa ating mga kababayan. Kung mamasamain niyo pa ‘yan eh t@ng in@ niyo! Wala na nga kayong natulong nakakagulo pa kayo sa bayan!” he added.
“We discovered some violations and we asked them to comply. We issued compliance orders and in fairness, they complied,” Bello said.
However, he noted that they will conduct an investigation to clarify the total number of workers of the giant network.
He said based on the 2018 audit, ABS-CBN has 4,858 employees, excluding its subsidiaries.
Bello said they were not fully aware of the subsidiaries when they conducted the audit in 2018.
“Whether you have subsidiaries or not, we are not aware of that. Now that we know that there are subsidiary corporations, we will inspect them,” he noted.
During a Senate Public Services committee hearing last week, former head of the ABS-CBN Corporate Services Group Mark Nepomuceno said the giant network and its subsidiaries have the total number of 11,071 employees.