TUCP calls for
purging of PNP from hoodlums in uniform
Trade Union Congress of
July 31, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is calling for an
in-depth cleansing of the entire Philippine National Police (PNP)
organization from hoodlums in uniform that could have infiltrated
the organization as evidenced by police involvement in
assassinations, killings, kidnapping-for-ransom of civilians and
violent breakup of workers’ lawful picket across the country.
TUCP President Raymond
Mendoza expressed grave concern over the failed police assassination
Monday morning on labor leader and TUCP Vice President and barangay
councilor Jessielou Cadungog Monday morning in Tejero, Cebu City.
The gunman who was killed
in trying to assassinate Cadungog was identified as PO2 Eugene
Alcain Calumba. The accomplice who was taken in custody was PO2
Mendoza also condemned the
police brutally in breaking up workers of NurtiAsia who were holding
a lawful picket outside the factory in Meycauayan, Bulacan Monday
for illegal contractualization, substandard payment of wages,
non-payment of mandatory social protection insurance committed by
“Who will protect us now
against lawlessness and breakdown of the rule of law now that the
police themselves who are supposed to protect the people are the
ones who are killing and hurting us? Who will protect us now that
the police themselves are kidnapping us? Where do the weak and
powerless go and seek for protection? Mendoza said.
“The recent spate of
police involvement in criminal activities directed at civilians and
ordinary citizens merits an honest-to-goodness cleansing of the
police ranks nationwide to separate the bad ones from the good ones
so that the people’s trust in our PNP is restored,” Mendoza said.
Cadungog is a long-time
labor leader in Cebu who helped organized the port workers union
against the abusive labor slavery and played a key role in port
workers establishment of the Oriental Port and Allied Services
Corporation (OPASCOR), a company providing arrastre and stevedoring
services in the Cebu International Port.
The workers’ enterprise is
owned by workers affiliated with the TUCP’s Associated Labor
Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).
Rather than initiating an
investigation into the incident, Mendoza lamented by saying the said
police assassin’s ranking superiors are passing it off outright as a
legitimate police operation and are covering up the incident by
turning the tables against Cadungog by claiming it was the victims
who were trying to kill the motorcycle-riding police assassins.
According to Mendoza, the
policemen’s botched attempt on Cadungog sent a chilling effect on
the labor movement with the PNP acting as the judge, the jury and
The incident will now
surely hamper trade unions’ efforts to organize workers for better
wages and benefits, good working conditions and affect labor groups’
efforts to safeguard workers from abusive employers and business
owners, Mendoza said. TUCP called for an independent investigation
by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) into the failed
Mendoza also cited the
case of previous police assault on union leader Patricio Tago Jr, 33
years old and vice president of De Luxe Bags Philippines Inc.
Employees Union while organizing workers in Tarlac City.
On September 25, 2016,
Tarlac City policemen also abducted Tago at gunpoint and imprisoned
him on trumped up illegal drug charges to dissuade 3,000 other
co-workers to vote against forming a union.