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Mar Roxas refuses to pay 211 illegal dismissed LRT workers By Gerry Baldo 08/19/2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Mar Roxas refuses to pay 211 illegal dismissed LRT workers

By Gerry Baldo 08/19/2011
Former Senator and now Secretary Mar Roxas of the Department of Transportation and Communications yesterday refused to allot a portion of the proposed P34.574-billion budget of the DoTC for the compensation of 211 illegally dismissed workers of the Light Rail Transit in 2002.

The DoTC owed the former LRT employees some P299 million.

Roxas, who was at the House of Representatives yesterday for the budget hearing of the DoTC, told members of the House committee on appropriations that his department has no plan of paying off P208 million in back wages and P21 million in legal fees to the former LRT employees. He said it is illegal.

“Inasmuch as I would like to compensate the workers, my hands are tied. We sympathize and want to help these workers but, regrettably, the SC (Supreme Court) did not hold the LRTA (LRT Authority) liable,” Roxas said in the budget deliberations for DoTC..... MORE

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