Appeals court issues TRO on TUCP leadership fight

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The Court of Appeals has granted injunction reliefs for the officers of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) in connection with the leadership dispute among its elected officials.

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In a resolution penned by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, the Court’s Seventh Division issued a temporary restraining order in favor of former Senator Ernesto Herrera, Jose Umali Jr., congressman Roy Seneres and several others staying the order issued by the Bureau of Labor Relations of the Department of Labor and Employment.

The labor agency had issued a status quo ante order dated August 10, 2012 directing its observance or the status prior to the contested resignation of TUCP National President Democrito Mendoza.

Mendoza and Herrera, the TUCP secretary general, “shall assume and perform the functions of their respective offices pending a final determination by the TUCP officers of their rightful leaders through the secret balloting in a special convention,” the Court said.

But Herrera argued before the appeals court that the status quo ante order not only denied them due process, but “it also caused them irreparable damages including unnecessary intrusion in the trade unions.”

The ruling was concurred in by Associate Justices Romeo Barza and Ramon Cruz.

For the TRO to take effect, the Court said the petitioners must post a P1 million bond first.

JOMAR CANLAS

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