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Asia Insight

Duterte inspires wave of worker activism in Philippines

Business groups say labor populism will force closures and scare investors

CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- Outside a sardine cannery in Manila's port district, a shanty serves as a makeshift headquarters for disgruntled employees who launched a strike in July.

"They have been treating us unfairly all these years!" Sonia Gabato, a 54-year-old worker at the cannery, said on Oct. 6. She and a colleague had just completed a handwritten testimony detailing allegations against their employer, which will be submitted to the Department of Labor and Employment.

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