Cops, protesters clash near US Embassy ahead of Obama visit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2014 01:18 PM | Updated as of Apr 23 2014 11:26 PM

MANILA – Militant groups opposing the visit of President Barack Obama to the Philippines clashed with policemen as they attempted to go near the US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday morning.

Around 1,000 militants, belonging to the umbrella organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Tagalog (BAYAN-ST), first converged at Plaza Salamanca along Taft Avenue before marching towards Kalaw and then to Roxas Boulevard.

Members of the Civil Disturbance Management from the Manila Police District prevented smaller units who broke away from the group to go near the gates of the US Embassy in Manila.

Authorities used truncheons and water canons to push the demonstrators back.

No arrests have been made, a report said.

The group dispersed after their program, but vowed to hold bigger rallies in the coming days.

The rally caused traffic in both lanes along Roxas Boulevard.

Obama is arriving on Monday morning. – Report from Noel Alamar, DZMM