Trade Unionism Is Not A Crime
An Urgent Appeal to Free Bob Reyes
June 2, 2018
Defend Job Philippines strongly condemns the arrest of trade unionist and leader of the Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC) and Bayan Quezon City, Juan Alexander “Bob” Reyes, that took place afternoon of June 2 (Saturday) in Barangay San Antonio in Quezon City. Reyes was arrested by five men in civilian clothing and was loaded in a white SUV with plate number ABB9926. He was then brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group – National Capital Region inside Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Based from reports from the family, Reyes claimed that his arresting officers told him that he will be filed with arson case in Agusan del Sur and illegal possession of firearms in Quezon City.
Defend Job Philippines condemns the looming filing of trumped-up charges against Reyes and sees this as a form of harassment against Filipino trade unionists and labor rights activists. We call on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop all forms of harassments, crackdown and prosecution against labor leaders who were only struggling against contractualization and for higher wages and better working conditions of Filipino workers.
Reyes, being part of SMQC is an active convenor of the Defend Job Philippines and staunch campaigner of the regularization campaign and against the termination of workers of Pearl Island Commercial Corporation and other local workers campaign in Quezon City. For the longest time, Reyes has been known to be a champion of workers rights and welfare, both in the private and public sector.
We demand for the immediate release of Bob Reyes and all other political prisoners, especially those who were fighting for the interests of the Filipino workers.
We believe that the Duterte government must stop its moves to file trumped-up charges against Reyes and other trade unionists and activists! We stand firm that trade unionism is not a crime nor a form of terrorism!
FREE BOB REYES! FREE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS AND DETAINED TRADE UNIONISTS AND ACTIVISTS!
TRADE UNIONISM IS NOT A CRIME!
RESIST CRACKDOWN! HANDS-OFF TRADE UNIONISTS!