During the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, a breach of peace, disobedience, assault and resistance to authorities was committed when a group of protesters rallied towards United States embassy in Manila.
The Manila Police District (MPD) released a statement that on November 14, 2017, Tuesday, the Philippine National Police units filed cases against the protesters.
Among the ones that are complained are Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna, Renato Reyes the Bayan secretary general and a protester named Neil Legaspi.
The cases filed against these individuals are breach of peace, illegal public assembly, disobedience, and assault upon an agent of authority.
The rallyists attempted to breach the police line while the ASEAN is being held. A lot of people were hurt because of the said protest.
According to MPD spokesperson Superintendent Erwin Margalejo, Reyes and Casino were the ones who started the rally protest. They were trying to penetrate the police security so they can go straight to United States President Donald Trump.
Joint Task Group Peace and Order (JTG PO) representative Police Superintendent Ronald Hipolito said that when the protesters couldn’t penetrate the police line, that’s when they started to throw stones.
No’ng ‘di nila ma-penetrate nambato na po sila (When they could not penetrate the police barricade, they threw stones). So, of course, nasasaktan na rin ‘yung mga pulis natin (our police were getting hurt) in spite of us exercising maximum tolerance,”
Legaspi on the other hand was caught in the act of throwing stones at the police. He was arrested last Sunday riding a van with placards and paraphernalia.
Hipolito also added that the cops were mostly injured by the stones. Their equipment, shields and helmets were also damaged by the rallyists.