Police arrest Piston’s George San Mateo

Rambo Talabong
Police arrest Piston’s George San Mateo

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(UPDATED) The transport group leader, who is accused of violating the Public Service Act, posts bail of P4,000

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 43 ordered the release of transport group leader George San Mateo after he posted bail on Tuesday, December 5.

San Mateo, the president of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston), posted bail of P4,000 after his arrest on Tuesday.

“The warrant of arrest dated 1 December 2017 issued against the accused is hereby recalled,” the court order reads.

The court had ordered San Mateo’s arrest for leading a transport strike back in February. His actions were allegedly a violation of the Public Service Act.

“Arrested si George sa may gate ng Hall of Justice. Kahit may escort na 2 congressmen at 2 lawyers. Balyahan at tulakan. Dinala sa Station 10,” Piston secretary general Steve Ranjo earlier told Rappler in a text message.

(George was arrested by the gate of the Hall of Justice, even though he was being escorted by two congressmen and two lawyers. There was pushing and shoving. He was brought to Station 10.)

Leftist groups have condemned San Mateo’s arrest, calling the Duterte administration “paranoid.” – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.