Labor group warns of potential dangers in PH industries due to rising number of Chinese workers

The influx of more Chinese nationals employed in critical infrastructures and various industries in the Philippines pose serious implications on local employment and national security, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the country’s biggest labor group, said.

TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said that Chinese workers in the Philippines are employed in “strategic sectors” like power, water, communications, transport, and construction.

He added that with this, Chinese nationals “not only take away jobs from Filipinos, but also embed themselves in our economy.”

The TUCP emphasized the presence of Chinese workers in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and other essential government projects that are “of public interest and have national security implications.”

These include the railways projects, construction of Kaliwa Dam in Rizal, and the commercial launch of controversial third telco player DITO Telecommunity which is 40% owned by the Chinese government.

Tanjusay said that giving Chinese nationals jobs in the Philippines is only worsening the plight of Filipino workers especially with the growing unemployment rate in the country.

Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) survey in 2019 revealed that 52% of Filipinos believe that the rising number of Chinese nationals working in the Philippines is a ‘threat’ to the country’s security.

PNP orders investigation on police captain’s alleged maltreatment of female Grab driver

After being condemned by Filipino netizens over alleged abuse of authority, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered an investigation into the reported assault on a female Grab driver by a police captain in Taguig City.

The Pateros police was already instructed to launch an impartial investigation on the incident involving one of its men named Police Captain Ronald Saquilayan, PNP Spokesman Col. Ysmael Yu said.

The incident went viral after Grab driver and victim Floreanne Rivera Norial recounted on a Facebook post the alleged harassment of Saquilayan.

As told by Norial, she was about to pick up a passenger at a popular coffee shop in Taguig City but a pickup truck was blocking the driveway.

Norial said that the vehicle, which the driver turned out to be Saquilayan, won’t move even if Norial had flashed the headlight and honked several times. She also went out of her car to knock on the windshield of the vehicle, but it still didn’t move, so she asked for the assistance of a security guard to ask the Saquilayan to leave the driveway.

Saquilayan then ‘suddenly and forcefully’ opened the car door, resulting in Norial being hit and thrown on the driveway. Norial allegedly slapped Saquilayan after what happened, which led Saquilayan to arrest Norial for assaulting a police officer. Norial was then taken to a police station where she was detained and slapped with charges.

In response, NCRPO Chief Major General Debold Sinas came to the defense of Saquilayan, adding that it was Norial who “threatened” and “bullied” the policeman.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is also launching an investigation over the incident saying that it is “deeply concerned” about how Norial was arrested and Saquilayan’s alleged assault on the woman.

Pagvi-videoke habang may online classes, bawal na sa Maynila

Para iwas-abala sa mga mag-aaral na may online classes, ipinagbawal na ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang paggamit ng karaoke at videoke machines, maging ang malalakas na speakers mula 7:00 AM hanggang 5:00 PM sa bisa ng Ordinance No. 8688.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila, nagdesisyon ang alkalde na pirmahan at ipasa ang nasabing ordinansa matapos makatanggap ng reklamo mula sa mga magulang na naabala ang online classes ng mga anak nilang estudyante dahil sa pagvi-videoke ng ibang residente.

Ang mga lalabag sa ordinansa ay sasampahan ng multang P1,000 sa unang paglabag, samantalang P2,000 naman sa mga second-time offenders. Para sa mga lalabag sa ikatlong beses o higit pa, kailangan nilang magmulta ng P3,000.

Maliban sa Manila City government, nauna nang inutusan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang mga police commanders na higpitan ang pagbabantay laban sa mga nag-iinuman at nagvi-videoke sa ilang pampublikong lugar at nakakaabala sa mga estudyante.

Ayon kay Police Lt. General Guillermo Eleazar, ang mga violators ay magmumulta ng P2,000 o hindi kaya’y kailangang magsagawa ng community service.

Maging ang Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) ay nanawagan na sa mga local government units na ipagbawal na ang paggamit ng videoke dahil abala rin daw ito sa mga empleyadong naka-work-from-home ngayong may pandemya.