Universal employees strike, face theft charges Print
Friday, 16 June 2017 13:36


At least 14 employees of a fishing company are facing qualified theft after they reportedly took the company boat to Basilan last Tuesday without prior authorisation.

According to a report from the Police Regional Office, the move was in the form of a strike conducted by the workers to sympathize with other colleagues who face Qualified Theft charges for allegedly stealing diesel from the company.

In the afternoon of June 12, the workers set out on the company boat for the fishing grounds where they are scheduled to operate but left soon after, taking the boat with them without company consent.

The workers failed to make it back to the company for the scheduled arrival schedule, prompting management to seek assistance from the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard.

The two agencies responded and were able to intercept the boat along the shoreline of Basilan province.

Navy boats escorted the company boat back to the premises of Universal Fishing Corporation.

Management has thereafter filed a complaint for qualified theft against the vessel captain and crew identified as the following:  Junray M. Bation, Richard L. Calunsag, Reynaldo A. Macatual, Kanid M. Abog, Misterio O. Sualis, Junie L. Mato, Pantalion A. Arzaga Jr., Nilo R. Broca, Ramonito A. Macatual, Cesar Apdua, Rolando A. Macatual, Nolie N. Ilogon, Ruben B. Baylon and Ronie A. Mudja.  (LAJ)