By Jhon Casinas
The remaining 11 workers of Regent Foods Corporation (RFC) and labor group members detained at the Pasig City Police Station were released on Monday night after posting bail, Colonel Moises Villaceran Jr. confirmed Tuesday.
“The remaining workers and labor group members were released last night,” the city police chief said.
“They posted a surety bond with the help of the city government of Pasig,” he added.
Villaceran said charges of grave coercion, physical injury, and disobedience to person in authority were filed against them.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto publicly took the side of the workers and vowed to help with the release of the remaining detained workers and two members of labor group Defend Job Philippines.
The mayor said that he “will do everything within my power” to regain the liberty of the 23 arrested people.
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Of the 23, the mayor said that 12 of them have already been released after posting bail.
Violence erupted between striking Regent workers and company’s security personnel in what was said to be a dispersal of the workers’ picket line outside the Regent Foods factory in Pasig City on November 9 that led authorities to arrest 23 people.
RFC said Tuesday that it will “contemplate” bringing its business elsewhere following the Sotto’s public criticism of the company for refusing to drop charges against the arrested workers.
“RFC still maintains its position and will not be cowered by the mayor’s threats. RFC trusts the justice system, not because it can afford to, but because it has to,” it said in a statement.
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