The NAGA CITY Task Force Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) on Thursday condemned the incident involving neophyte congressman Alfred De Los Santos from the Englishman and a public prosecutor at a restaurant in Legaspi, in the province of Albay.
The incident was shot in a security camera frame showing De Los Santos hit waiter Christian Kent Alecho in the face by placing pads on his table on July 7.
In a statement published on Thursday, BMP said the "unfortunate incident is an illustration of how the politician, in this case, representative De los Santos, looks at and treats low-risk workers."
They also said that "they can no longer look idle because they (politicians) display their social rank on ordinary people, even accuse the waiter of seeing the legislator when he simply performs his duties."
The group also urged waiter Alejo to "submit the necessary fees and stand firm despite the large-scale influence of the novice lawmaker."
They also said the BMP was more than ready to provide him with a legal adviser.
The group also said that they "will require full implementation of the law and the recently established Ethics Committee of the House of Representatives."
"In the light of this incident, it is time to raise the moral strength of all elected and appointed civil servants. These abuses will not stop if we do not hold them accountable and drastically impose heavier punishments, "said Leodie de Guzman, chairman of the BMP.
"They are meaningless drowning in their power and influence that they are completely cut off by ordinary people, by the very people they owe for their status in society," the group added.
Delos Santos apologized on Thursday for his actions. In his statement he said he regrets that he did not have to lose control of his emotions.
– I am sorry not only for Mr Christian Kent Alecho and his family, but also for the people who voted for Ang Probinziano. I'm sorry I disappointed you, "he said.
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