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Observing social distancing, labor groups rally on Labor Day

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Observing social distancing, members of a labor group gathered in Rodriguez, Rizal to push for labor rights on Friday, Labor Day, according to Glen Juego's report on Dobol B sa News TV.

The protesters who assembled at Barangay San Isidro were from Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino.

The rally was held even amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine, which prohibits mass gathering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, Philippine National Police spokesman Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said many labor and transport groups have abandoned their plans to conduct mass actions in this year's Labor Day given the present health crisis.

On Thursday, PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa discouraged groups to hold any protest actions.

"The PNP leadership is thankful to leaders of various groups for heeding the call of police authorities against mass gathering of persons in public assemblies and mass actions that will not sit well with public health protocols to contain COVID-19," Banac said.

Juego reported that the rallyists left in a hurry when police arrived although two of them were arrested.

Banac identified those nabbed as Clarito Rastica and Reynaldo Dulay.

Hiling nila, "paid quarantine at hazard pay, gawing mandatory" at COVID-19 mass testing sa mga manggagawa.

Similarly, members of a labor group also gathered in Tondo, Manila, asking the government to make paid quarantine and hazard pay mandatory, as well as to conduct mass COVID-19 testing for laborers, according to a separate report by Isa Avendano-Umali.


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