PNP arrests union leader
Police forces illegally arrested Eugene Garcia, chairperson of the workers union in Pioneer Flat Glass Manufacturing, in Pasig City last March 20. He was charged with a fabricated case of illegal possesion of firearms. Upon presenting a search warrant, the police searched through and then planted a .45 caliber pistol in his residence. Last 2016, 44 workers, including union leaders, were illegally dismissed by the company while CBA negotiations were still ongoing.
Last March 30, three soldiers arrested Zandro Esteban, a Sumifru worker and member of NAMSUFA-NAFLU-KMU, in Barangay San Jose, Compostela and was brought to a military camp in New Bataan, Compostella Valley.
In a related news, the PNP threatened to disperse the picketline of Sumifru workers in Manila City which they put up last year.
Police forces harassed the family of Ricky Chavez, a member of the union in Toyota, last March 21. The operatives entered their residence upon presenting a search warrant. According to his wife, the police attempted to plant a gun in the house to be used as evidence to arrest the unionist.
Meanwhile, two members of the Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) in Pandi, Bulacan were arrested last March 25 based on trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms.