RP Police Breaks Labor Rally, Arrest 6 People

October 10, 2007 at 9:56 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 10, 2007) – Telecommunication workers held a picket on Wednesday in front a police headquarters after six of their union officials were arrested a labor rally in Manila.

Other union officials from the country’s largest telecommunication firm, PLDT, said the six were arrested after policemen broke a peace rally that also injured a still undetermined number of workers.

The solidarity rally composed of different labor federations, six labor centers and other union groups were protesting the termination of hundreds of workers.

PLDT said it paid workers, whose services were terminated, more than what the law requires.

Those arrested were identified as Pete Pinlac, president of Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon sa Pilipinas (MKP-PLDT Union); Atty. Virgie Pinlac, spokesperson of Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan (KAISA KA); Arturo Castillo, first vice president of Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas ( MKP- PLDT Union); Bong Beato, second vice president of Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP-PLDT Union).

And Roy Fernandez, representative of Manggagawa sa Komunikasyon ng Pilipinas (MKP-PLDT Union); Mitzi Chan, Popular Struggles Director of Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) and Aurelio Veloso, of Manggagawa Para sa Kalayaan ng Bayan (MAKABAYAN).

It was not immediately known why the six were arrested, but it coincided with a failed dialogue of protesting workers with Labor Secretary Arturo Brion. The workers said they would continue on their hunger strike until Brion hear their complaints. (Mindanao Examiner)

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