Senior Deputy Speaker and Oriental Mindoro 1st District Rep. Salvador “Doy” Leachon on Monday, July 12, cried foul over the supposed forced takeover of port operations from Calapan Labor Service Development Cooperative (CALSEDECO) by new port service provider as purportedly assisted by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) police.
Travelers were allowed to enter the Calapan City Port, but cargo vehicles were still barred from entering the port premise by the PPA police.
In a video posted on Facebook by Pearl Barbara Satur-Lee, daughter of CALSEDECO General Manager Sonia Satur, members from CALSEDECO were heard saying that the PPA police should be blamed for the halt of travel in Calapan City.
“Ngayong umaga, PPA PWERSAHANG PINAPALAYAS ang CALSEDECO bilang official cargo handling service provider ng Calapan Port sa loob ng 47 na taon, kahit di pa tapos sa husgado ang usapin ng legalidad ng pagpapalit ng Port service provider. Kung di pa tapos, STATUS QUO Dapat! (This morning, the PPA forcedly oust CALSEDECO as official cargo handling sevrice provider of Calapan Port for 47 years, even though the issue of the legality of changing the Port service provider has not yet been settled in court. If not yet resolved, it should be status quo),” Leachon wrote on Facebook on Monday, July 12.
“11,000 MINDORENO NA MYEMBRO AT EMPLEYADO NG CALSEDECO ay nangangamba na kung kelan pa pandemya ay mawawalan pa ng trabaho na ikinabubuhay ng kanilang pamilya (11,000 Mindoreños who are members of CALSEDECO are fearing to lose their jobs, a source of living for their families).”
Leachon said the PPA police was in “full-battle gear” aiming to intimidate the CALSEDECO officials and employees.
“Ang mga abusado ay walang puwang sa Oriental Mindoro! Port Police Officers, na mga naka “full-battle gear” pa na kala mo may gyerang lulusubin, nanguna pa sa pang-aabuso!! (The abusers have no place in Oriental Mindoro! Port Police Officers are in “full-battle gear” as if they are going to war, even leading to abuse!!) ,” he said.
“Ang gobyerno, lalo na ngayong pandemya, ay dapat nagbibigay at di nang-aagaw ng hanapbuhay lalo na sa libong maliliit na manggagawa (The government, especially in this pandemic, must provide and not snatch the livelihood of thousands of small workers).”
Leachon even vouched for the integrity of CALSEDECO as a “multi-awarded cooperative” in Oriental Mindoro.
“Ang CALSEDECO ay isang multi-awarded cooperative sa lalawigan na kilalang maayos na nakapagbibigay ng trabaho sa libong Mindoreno sa mahabang panahon (CALSEDECO is a multi-awarded cooperative in the province that is known to provide employment to thousands of Mindorenos for a long time),” he cited.
“PPA, pakiusap, wag maging abusado. WAG SA MINDORO!! (PPA, please, don’t be abusive. Not in Mindoro).”
In a Facebook post on Sunday night, CALSEDECO said many PPA police from Manila and Batangas arrived in Calapan to supposedly implement the takeover.
“We pray na sana po man lang ay may mag assist sa amin in physical presence dito sa pier (ng Calapan City) na mag intervene sakali po at i harass kami sa dispersal. Marami pong mga PPA Police ang dumating imported from Manila and Batangas. Nandito na po kami sa pier ngayon (We pray that someone will at least assist us here at the pier (of Calapan City) to intervene just in case we will be harassed in the dispersal. Many PPA Police from Manila and Batangas came. We are here at the port now),” the post read.
“We have received info that anytime po kasi simula ngayong gabi ay mag take over ang Prudential until 5 am tomorrow..assisted by PPA Police and staff. Sobra po kami nate tense. Ayaw po namin ng gulo pero handa kami ipaglaban ang aming kabuhayan!! Patnubayan nawa po kami ng Diyos (We have received an information that anytime because starting tonight, Prudential will take over until 5 a.m. tomorrow..assisted by PPA Police and staff. We are too tense. We don’t want trouble but we are ready to fight for our livelihood !! May God guide us),” it added.