TUCP statement on the
attempted power grab on TUCP presidency
QUEZON CITY – A
desperate and discredited minority of the General Council of the Trade
Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) tried but failed to grab
power from the duly constituted officials and take over the compound
A minority faction of
the TUCP council led by former TUCP Secretary-General and former
Senator Ernesto “Boy” Herrera attempted to forcibly enter the TUCP
premises last night, a day after the General Council formally voted
him out as TUCP Secretary-General due to an externally audited
discovery of large sums of financial anomalies, loss of confidence and
gross mismanagement of TUCP affairs during his tenure.
He was replaced by Mr.
Victorino Balais, president of Philippine Trade and General Workers
Organization (PTGWO) by the TUCP General Council on January 24, 2012.
PTGWO is one of the biggest labor federations in the country and has
been a member of the TUCP since its founding in 1975.
Mr. Herrera’s action
last night in trying to take over the TUCP compound was a clear
attempt to take custody of damning financial records on his handling
of TUCP grants and general funds. We believe that he intended to white
wash his involvement in the handling of these funds. He was
accompanied by TUCP former Vice President Roberto “Bobby” Flores.
But due to the timely
arrival and continued presence of the police from the Quezon City
Police District Station 9, his attempt to cover up his malfeasance of
these funds and to perpetrate himself in power through a rump council
and through a takeover of the compound without any General Council
authority was thwarted.
In the light of this
incident, incumbent TUCP President Atty. Democrito Mendoza hereby
issues the following statement:
“The TUCP condemns the
series of illegitimate acts and overt attempts of Mr. Herrera to grab
power and arrogantly impose himself as the President of the TUCP.
behaviour last night magnified his embarrassing fall from grace. His
actions show a reckless disregard in upholding the interest of the
TUCP as he attempts to drag the entire organization into the mud with
On that regard, I
would like to apologize to our social partners and supporters for the
confusion as a result of his misrepresentation; and, to our brothers
and sisters for the pain and anguish that Mr. Herrera has caused.
irresponsible behaviour will never be condoned by anyone from the TUCP.
The TUCP General Council Resolution 01-2012, otherwise known as a
resolution of confirmation of continuing support to me as President of
the TUCP, and the TUCP Minutes of the General Council Meeting on
January 24, 2012 will bear us out.
I tendered a letter of
resignation as TUCP President on October 19, 2011 effective November
1, 2012 to bring up discussions on major transparency and
accountability issues in TUCP. I later, retracted my resignation after
the General Council refused to act on the letter and even as they
pleaded for me to remain and continue as TUCP President.
However, now, Mr.
Herrera wants to assume the presidency. He claims taking his oath of
office on November 11, 2011 before Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and sent
letters afterward to the Secretary of Labor, major international labor
organizations and other agencies misrepresenting himself as the TUCP
He also set up a rump
group of minority members of the TUCP General Council to inflate his
ego. Let me reiterate that of 25 affiliates, 18 remain under our
leadership in the TUCP.
The General Council
has deemed these acts as illegitimate and acts of disloyalty inimical
to the interest and earned reputation of TUCP. The General Council
replaced Mr. Herrera with Brother Victorino Balais as
Secretary-General of the TUCP on January 24, 2012. Mr. Balais is the
president of the Philippine Trade and General Workers Organization (PTGWO).
On that regard, I wish
to assure our supporters, partners, and affiliates that I am in
control and in command of all the federations, offices and continue to
enjoy the recognition and support of local and international
organizations and governments. This is because of the trust reposed
upon me by the majority of TUCP General Council, whom I will serve as
President until December 2012.
I also wish to convey
to the public that the good men and women in TUCP are doing their best
in dealing with this issue for the sake of the highest best interest
of the trade union movement in the
Thank you very