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Gatchalian intervenes as Walden Bello decries violent dismissal of workers’ protest in Valenzuela

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Rex Gatchalian was quick to respond to complaints online from vice presidential candidate Walden Bello about the violent dismissal of a protest mounted by factory workers in Valenzuela.

Bello denounced how Valenzuela Police responded to the strike against Soft Touch Development Corporation, saying the workers had to face water cannons and truncheons.

The mayor said the police response shocked him too.

“City hall does not condone the actions of the Valenzuela Police on this matter. City hall disowns this unilateral action of the Valenzuela Police,” the politiko said. ” I have personally instructed the Chief of Police has been stand down. This matter can be addressed through diplomacy at the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB).”