House labor committee sets probe on Greenhills hostage incident

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2020 05:18 PM | Updated as of Mar 05 2020 05:44 PM

MANILA - The House Committee on Labor and Employment set a motu proprio investigation for next week on the labor concerns raised by the man behind Monday's hostage crisis at Greenhills shopping center in San Juan City, its chair said Thursday.

“I do not condone his actions – endangering lives and violating public order and safety laws. However, there may have been compelling reasons as to why Mr. Paray took such desperate actions, and it’s a matter we should look into,” 1PACMAN Representative Eric Pineda said.

The meeting is scheduled March 10.

Former security guard Alchie Paray held at least 40 people hostage for around 10 hours inside V-Mall over his frustration against the establishment's security officials. He also shot a fellow security guard and got injured.

Paray was allowed to air his grievances before the press after releasing his hostages, and was later tackled by authorities. Criminal charges have been filed against him.

Pineda said Paray never demanded money and only wanted to be heard and explain his side.

“He claimed incompetence, negligence, and corruption. He cited unjust working conditions and employment security since he was allegedly dismissed by his employer. His statement resonated clearly and was heard here at Congress,” Pineda said.
“It is imperative that the House of Representatives, through its Labor Committee, to exercise its oversight duty on matters concerning the welfare and protection of our hardworking workers. How can we expect a security guard to perform his task to secure the safety of the areas assigned to him if he himself does not feel secured in terms of his employment? I find it ironic and unacceptable,” the solon said.