Ahong pledges legal aid for worker killed in factory accident

LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has pledged to provide legal aid to the family of the worker who died while working at a food and beverage factory in the city of Mandaue on June 2, 2022.

Chan made the pledge when he visited factory worker Stephen Corilla at Barangay Pusok in Lapu-Lapu town on Thursday, June 9.

During his visit, Chan assured Corilla’s family that he would provide an attorney to help with the legal battle they are about to wage against Universal Robina Corp. (URC), the owners of the factory where Corilla died in an accident.

On June 2, Corilla was cleaning the spray machine at URC’s factory in Barangay Tabok, Mandaue town, when it accidentally started up while he was still inside.

Corilla suffered severe injuries which ultimately led to her death.

Gathering on social networks

In a related development, several Central Visayas labor groups are to hold a “social media protest activity” on Saturday June 11 to condemn Corilla’s death.

The campaign is organized by labor groups Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development, ALSA Kontraktwal-Cebu, Alyansa sa mga Mamumuo sa Sugbo-Kilusang Mayo Uno, Center of Trading Union and Human Rights Tabisan sa Sining, Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines, and Ecumerian Institute of Labor Education and Research Inc.

They urge people to post photos and videos of the candles on social media and to post their thoughts on Stephen’s death.

Complaint filed

Mandaue City National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials also confirmed that Corilla’s wife had already sought their help by filing a complaint with the bureau on Wednesday June 8, six days after her husband’s death.

Officer in charge of the NBI-Mandaue City office, Arnel Pura, said they have yet to establish whether Corilla’s death was intentional or not, as they will not rely heavily on reports coming from the Department of Labor and of Employment (DOLE).

Pura, however, said his office would coordinate with the DOLE despite having already ordered the suspension of operations of a department at the URC Mandaue City plant and also fined management P100,000. for non-compliance with occupational health and safety standards.

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