The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) has condemned the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for threatening to file criminal charges against its leader for manhandling a policeman and robbing him on July 11.

PISTON stressed that the alleged incident happened during a protest at the compound of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Quezon City on Saturday.

The group said its leaders and members participated in the protest but did not witness what the QCPD claimed was the mauling of the policemen and the stealing of his property.

PISTON asked the QCPD to stop dishing out statements that falsely tag the organization and its members of involvement in what could be a fabricated incident.

It demanded that the QCPD put up or shut up and present its supposed evidence to support its claim.

“Their claim puts our organization and its membership vulnerable to attacks not only by the police but also by the military at a time when we are busy helping fellow-drivers with food assistance and pushing for Balik-Pasada,” PISTON argued.

“We believe that this threat is meant to deflect the issue and divert the people’s attention from QCPD’s responsibility in attacking the peaceful protest. The Philippine National Police (PNP) might just use this as a ploy to arrest PISTON leaders and members, raid their offices and plant evidence in pursuit of their usual modus operandi,” the group concluded.

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