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Human rights groups call for justice for factory fire victims

/ 08:35 PM May 16, 2015

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Human rights groups have demanded justice for the victims of the deadly fire that hit a factory in Valenzuela City on Wednesday morning.

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In a candle-lighting activity at University of the Philippines Diliman on Saturday, human rights advocates Karapatan and Hustisya called for accountability over the death of at least 70 employees of Kentex Manufacturing Inc.

The groups wanted the factory owner and concerned agencies to be held liable for allowing the employees to work “under such unsafe working conditions.”

The Department of Labor and Employment said it would look into possible violations of Kentex in the labor code, including reports that the factory engaged the services of a subcontractor not recognized by the labor department.

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Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago also expressed her support for a bill that would make building owners criminally liable for violating fire safety standards.

READ: Senator Santiago: Fire safety laws should have more teeth

On Wednesday, 72 employees of Kentex died after being trapped in the fire-hit factory in Valenzuela, while dozens were still reported missing.

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