Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Letter of condolence to the family, friends, and colleagues of Mr. John Delloro

Free the 43 Health Workers Now Alliance joins the world in mourning the loss of its young and dedicated labor leader, Mr. John Delloro. Our opportunity to know John came at a most difficult time for the health sector and the people’s movement – during the illegal arrest, detention, and torture of 43 Filipino health workers.

The Asian Pacific Labor American Alliance (AFL-CIO) under the leadership of Mr. Delloro was one of the first international organizations to express their condemnation to the Philippine government for unjustly targeting and arresting 43 health workers in Morong, Rizal, Philippines on February 6. These health workers, comprised of 2 medical doctors, a nurse, 2 midwives, and 38 community health workers serve the poor and the underserved. He was among the first Filipino-Americans to express solidarity for the struggle of these health workers, their families, and the entire population they serve.

John will be greatly missed by people whose lives he touched by living his own in the best way he knew how: to serve the people.

May the legacy of John Delloro be emulated a thousand-fold!

Long live the memory of John Delloro!

Long live the people’s struggle for health and human rights!

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