MANILA -- A scuffle ensued between police and militant groups as the latter attempted to go near the US Embassy in Manila on Tuesday.
The militants, which included members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) - Southern Tagalog, first marched from Liwasang Bonifacio towards Kalaw then tried to cross towards Roxas Boulevard near the gates of the US Embassy.
However, they were blocked by Manila policemen armed with water cannons.
As the police started shooting their water cannons, the protesters, who were carrying makeshift shields, still tried to push their way towards Roxas Boulevard.
They were, however, outnumbered by the police.
The militants and the cops then held a brief dialogue, where both sides agreed that the protesters will no longer attempt to go near the US Embassy but will be allowed to hold a short program in Kalaw.
During their program, the militants burned a US flag to protest the newly signed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the US.
They claimed the defense deal will not benefit the Philippines in any way. Instead, it will expose the country to further abuse by the US government, they said.
The EDCA was signed just before US President Barack Obama arrived in the Philippines for his 2-day state visit.
Obama left the Philippines on Tuesday morning. -- Report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News