MORE than 500 police personnel will be deployed by the Manila Police District (MPD) this Monday to secure the observance of Eid’l Fitr for Muslims in the Quirino Grandstand and Quiapo Golden Mosque as early as 4 a.m.
In a news briefing on Friday, MPD spokesman Erwin Margarejo said, these areas are mostly occupied by Muslims who will be observing this important Muslim religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
“We all know that up to now, we have not downgraded our alert status [in Manila],” Margarejo told reporters in Camp Crame, noting the Quiapo bombing incident which prompted the heightened alert.
“The MPD has not been receiving threats for now and those threats will be a challenge for us to heighten our intelligence gathering and visibility of policemen and we are also asking for the cooperation of our fellow Filipinos,” he added.
The MPD also assured the public that if they receive such threats, these will be validated and will be a challenge the city police will face head on.
He also referred to the leaked police memorandum that members of the Islamic State-linked Maute group are planning to bomb several areas in Metro Manila.
Even with no threats yet, Margarejo said the MPD deployed more plainclothes police officers to Quiapo and Quirino Grandstand over the weekend.
“As early as two months ago, when [bombing]incidents struck Manila, we had a dialogue with Muslim leaders. They assured us that they will coordinate with us on security matters in their areas,” he said.
Pay rules on Eid’l Fitr
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd, said on Friday that under Republic Act 9177, Eid’l Fitr is a regular holiday throughout the country thus private sector workers who will report for work on June 26 will get 200 percent of their regular salaries for the first eight hours.
For work done in excess of eight hours, employees are entitled to an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate. If the employees do not work, they will be paid 100 percent of their salary for that day.
If Eidl’ Fitr falls on employees’ rest day and they still report for work, they will be paid an additional 30 percent of their daily rate of 200 percent.
If employees work more than eight hours on their rest day, they will be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on that day.
“Employers should comply with general labor standards, particularly with the proper payment of wages because it contributes to the increased productivity of their workers and their business,” Bello said.
Article 169 of the 1977 Presidential Decree 1083 states that Eidl’ Fitr is recognized as one of the legal Muslim holidays.
with WILLIAM DEPASUPIL