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Teams allege ‘harassment’ by police throughout Edsa anniversary rites


As they gather again to commemorate the 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution

REKINDLING THE FLAME VS CHA-CHA As they collect once more to commemorate the 1986 Edsa Individuals Energy Revolution, civil society teams and opposition leaders have a really particular rallying name this yr: preserve the Edsa spirit alive to dam renewed efforts to amend the Structure, the constitution ratified below the post-Edsa administration of the late President Cory Aquino. —PHOTO BY LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines — A number of activist teams taking part within the protests in opposition to Constitution change (Cha-cha) on Sunday condemned what they stated had been “harassment” from police, saying they had been stopped at checkpoints and prevented from becoming a member of the scheduled protests.

The protests in opposition to Cha-cha coincides with the thirty eighth anniversary of the Edsa Individuals Energy Revolution.

READ: February 25, Edsa Individuals Energy Anniversary, not a vacation in 2024

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) stated that activists in Laguna and Cavite, who had been purported to enter Metro Manila to participate within the protests, had been blocked at checkpoints.

“The police checkpoints had been put in to harass activists, conduct unlawful surveillance, and discourage folks from becoming a member of the scheduled protests in the present day,” Bayan’s Secretary Basic, Mong Palatino stated in a press release.

“They’re a public nuisance, a waste of presidency sources, and a transparent signal of police intolerance in opposition to any type of dissent,” he added.

In a publish on social media, Bayan-Timog Katagalugan (Southern Tagalog) stated that jeepneys ferrying activists in Los Baños and Sta. Rosa in Laguna, and Bacoor Metropolis in Cavite had been held at checkpoints for over 5 hours.

“In abstract, 18 jeepneys ferrying 350 delegates had been blocked in the complete Southern Tagalog. This can be a clear systematic violation of our proper to prepare and specific,” it stated in a publish on Fb.

In the meantime, militant fishers’ group Pamalakaya and transport group Piston confirmed to Inquirer.web in a textual content message that their delegates to the anti-Cha-cha protests from Southern Tagalog had been additionally blocked at checkpoints.

“At the very least two automobiles of Pamalakaya-Cavite had been held by the Bacoor Metropolis police this morning, confiscating the licenses and different paperwork for allegedly violating visitors guidelines,” Pamalakaya stated in a separate assertion.

Bayan’s assertion additionally stated that activists in Iloilo had been additionally prevented from becoming a member of the protests as a part of the commemoration of the Edsa revolution.

Beforehand, the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) stated that it’s going to deploy 8,500 officers throughout the nation to take care of safety throughout actions associated to the thirty eighth anniversary of the Individuals Energy Revolution.

READ: 8,500 cops to safe Individuals Energy anniversary rites nationwide

The PNP stated that 2,500 of those officers can be deployed in Cebu whereas 6,000 can be deployed in Manila.



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Bayan President Renato Reyes Jr., took a swipe on the PNP’s alleged harassment of activists on Sunday, saying in a publish on X (previously Twitter) that they’re “afraid of Individuals Energy.”

Inquirer.web reached out to the PNP for his or her response on the teams’ allegations however they’re but to reply as of posting time.



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