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20 striking workers of NutriAsia arrested in violent clash

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CAMP GEN. ALEJO S. SANTOS, City of Malolos, Bulacan — Twenty protesters in NutriAsia labor strike were arrested by Marilao and Meycauayan Police in a violent clash along MIS road, Gate 3 Barangay Pantoc, Meycauayan City, Bulacan on Monday afternoon.

P/Sr. Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna, acting Bulacan Provincial Director identified the arrested protesters as Alon Ang, Hiyas Saturay, John Bonifacio, Psalty Caluza, Eric Cantoc, Einstein Receded, Mark Ezequiel Gralada Quinto, Nikkie John Abilar, Danny Boy Cea, Mark Ponce , Marylle Jons Alcantara, Jeovellyn Bornales, Daisy Jane Happa, Reynaldo Aboy, Sidney Naharo, Jerald De Leon Verano, Jaime Castro, Imelda Rey Miraposte, Aileen Raganit, and Edwin Barana.

Based on the report of Marilao and Meycauayan police the protesters composed of different militant groups League of Filipino Students (LFS), Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (KADAMAY), Anak Pawis, and members of NutriAsia Laborers Union, together with other media representatives, addressing and sharing their grievances.

“A violent attack was instigated by the protesters by throwing stones and pieces of lumbers against the guards that prompted them to defend themselves by blocking the attack, which resulted in the arrest of 20 protesters, while 12 security guards sustained injuries,” Bersaluna said.

“No injuries were reported on the protesters’ side. Father Rolly De Leon, the priest who officiated the Holy Eucharist prior the clash and his companion were secured by the police,” Bersaluna added.

Confiscated after the clashed was cal. 22 revolver loaded with 2 live ammunition and 4 pieces sachets of suspected “shabu” from certain Edwin Barana, 39-year old, single, a resident of Brgy. Langka, Meycauayan City.

The arrested suspects and the recovered evidence were brought to Meycauayan Police Station for proper disposition. Appropriate criminal complaints are now being prepared against the suspects.

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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