The Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) is deeply saddened by the passing of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Asia Pacific Regional Secretary, Brother Jose Raul Lamug.
Brother Jose started working at Associated Marine Officer’s and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) from 1995, before he joined ITF APAC as a Regional Secretary from 2018. As the first Asia Pacific Regional Secretary of ITF, he played a vital role in coordinating with the various National Coordinating Committees in the Asia Pacific region. His leadership and support in the region brought ITF closer to transport workers on the ground. He was a capable and steady unionist for seafarers and it is with his tenacity for advocating for the good of seafarers that expounds his respect by affiliates in the region. He was the key person in setting up the ITF Singapore office and throughout his stint in Singapore, he was instrumental in reaching out to the various unions within the Singapore National Coordinating Committee (SNCC). His fervour for lifelong learning in turn, helped develop commendable leaders and workers.
SMOU has known Brother Jose, whom is also affectionately known as Brother Butch, for many years, since he was in AMOSUP, to the period where he worked in Singapore for about 4 years. Over the many meetings, meals and drinks, Brother Butch has always been a humble, caring and steadfast family man. He talked favourably of his wife and children with great passion and pride. During his wake, his sister and children spoke of him as being a doting father and a loving husband, sharing anecdotes of their favourite moments with him.
He is greatly cherished for his affinity to the unions and shipping communities, and especially his friendship to SMOU.
SMOU and the ITF family will miss Brother Butch dearly and our sincerest sympathies are with his family during this difficult time. Brother Butch is survived by his wife and three daughters, and his legacy lives on today and beyond.