In the ITUC Report of 2020, the Philippines is included in the top 10 most dangerous countries in the world for workers. Union activists have been murdered by police and unofficial death squads.
In 2020 the Government passed the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 which empowers the Executive Branch to identify individuals or groups as “terrorist” to conduct warrantless arrests and to hold suspects for at least fourteen (14) days. This law is being used to attack Filipino trade unionists and legitimize illegal arrests and extrajudicial killings.
The Government’s punitive response to the Covid pandemic with the world’s longest lockdown has put millions of Filipinos out of work with an unemployment figure of 10 million by the end of the year.
Hundreds of thousands of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are also expected to return to the country due to job losses in other countries.