We were praying when the goons attacked’ — priest at NutriAsia strike

Features Philippines Aug 10, 2018 at 3:57 pm
Photo: Tyra Aquino/Bulatlat

Photo: Tyra Aquino/Bulatlat

“We, the striking workers, are fighting for our wages, jobs and rights.”

By Tyra Aquino

NutriAsia workers on strike and their supporters belied the claims of the company, police and Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III that they instigated the July 28 violent dispersal in front of the food giant’s Marilao plant.

In a press conference, Wednesday, Aug. 1, Rev. Fr. Rolando De Leon said he was not able to finish the ecumenical mass for workers and their supporters because company goons and policemen started throwing rocks and hitting the protesters with clubs. Even the make-shift altar was destroyed.

“While we were praying, those we suspected as goons were already clasping rocks. They tried to cover the rocks with towels, others with paper,” the priest said.

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