As prices of oil prices continued to rise over the past weeks and as Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) increase its cost today, militant labor group, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) – Metro Manila urged netizens and workers to join them in a social media protest, dubbed as “Crybaby Selfie Challenge against Oil Price Hikes.”
The online protest is being held following Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s remarks on Thursday telling the public to be “less of a crybaby” amid high fuel prices.
The group slams the statement of Diokno and called the “crybaby” remark as a “grand display of insensitivity, irresponsibility and arrogance” to the already burdened conditions of poor Filipino workers and people.”
“On his public statements, Secretary Diokno is being consistent in undermining and insulting us. We cannot forget how he insulted the Filipino workers during his Labor Day remarks last month as response to the workers demands for wage hike. He then said that workers will not go hungry if they will only work hard,” Ed Cubelo, KMU Metro Manila chairperson.
On a Facebook post of KMU Metro Manila, they challenge netizens and workers to participate in the online protest by following 3 simple steps:
1. TAKE YOUR CRYBABY SELFIE OR GROUFIE WHILE HOLDING A FANSIGN OF YOUR CALL AGAINST OIL PRICE INCREASES.
2. POST YOUR CRYBABY SELFIE OR GROUFIE ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS USING THE HASHTAG: #CRYBABYSELFIE
3. CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THEIR OWN CRYBABY SELFIE OR GROUFIE PHOTOS BY TAGGING THEM ON YOUR POSTS.
Cubelo added that online and offline protests will continue as the Duterte government keeps on doing nothing to junk the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law, stopping the rising cost of fuel, petroleum products, basic commodities and services, and in enacting a national minimum wage.
Various groups are also set to hold a “Black Friday Protest” today in different areas across the country. KMU Metro Manila said that Duterte and Diokno must brace themselves for more protests in the days to come.
“Workers and people’s demands against high prices and for higher wages were not just a crybaby thing! These calls were just and legitimate aspirations that need to be addressed by crybaby government officials like Duterte and Diokno!” Cubelo said.