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VMC justifies legal action vs. 21 Manapla residents

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Victorias Milling Company has justified the filing charges against 21 Manapla residents, stressing that the violent protest led to the disruption of operations, threatened the peace and safety of the community and its distillery plant employees in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla, Negros Occidental.

We are very much thankful for the prompt, immediate and efficient response of the local government unit and the police, the management of VMC said in an issued statement.

Because of their action, chaos was averted and further escalation of violence was prevented, the VMC added.

It added that the free flow of trade was also restored, and VMC employees and the community were guaranteed protection in going to and from that area.

VMC assured its employees, its partners, and the community that their safety and well-being are its utmost priority.

We will not hesitate to file charges against anyone who disturbs the peace and security in our plant and community at large, VMC warned.

On February 16, VMC filed charges against Roldan Berito, Ronald Deocadiz, Randy Bacaron, Rene Zapa, Ricky Flores, John Barcelona, Richard Gilbaliga, Christina “Porang” Pinion, Aladin Almohia, Donardo Bermejo, Francisco Eleser, Eden Espanola, Dolores Managaytay, Violita Porras, Emma Lawan, Jean Elmission, Michael Piso, Adrian Villaruz, Dyan Gabinio, John Rey Gabinio, Carl Joseph Zamora, who were documented to have taken part in the protest action that turned violent in its distillery plant in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla, Negros Occidental. 

VMC said the respondents were charged with crimes of Illegal Assemblies (Article 146), Tumultuous Disturbance (Article 153), Unlawful Utterances (Article 154), Alarms and Scandals (Article 155), Serious Illegal Detention (Article 267), Grave Threats (Article 282) and Grave Coercion (Article 286), under the Revised Penal Code.*

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