Cops refuse to disarm labor-day-rally saboteur

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Cebu City—A human rights group here lambasted the members of the Mobile Patrol Group of the Philippine National Police for refusing to disarm and detain an armed man who infiltrated the labor-day rally yesterday (May 1, 2013) at downtown Colon.

“The suspect, who identified himself only as an alias Andales, could have been charged with violating the COMELEC gun ban had the police detained him after being turned over to them by the rally marshals,” lamented Dennis Abarientos, secretary-general of KARAPATAN-Central visayas.

“Instead, the police led by a certain “Sando” allowed the suspect to walk away after conversing with him privately,” Abarientos added.

This led the group to suspect that the saboteur was working for the police to disrupt the peaceful labor-day protest.

Various labor groups and trade union rights advocates under the umbrella of the Alyansa sa Mamumuo sa Sugbo (AMA-Sugbo)-Kilusang Mayo Uno(KMU) marched from Fuente Osmena to Colon where they held a program demanding for a stop to the government’s labor-export policy and contractualization and to push for wage increase. ###

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