10 injured in scuffle at Maria Orosa entrance


Posted at Jan 18 2015 08:09 AM | Updated as of Jan 19 2015 03:41 AM

MANILA - At least 10 people suffered minor injuries when impatient crowds started forcing their way through the Maria Orosa entrance to Quirino Grandstand.

ABS-CBN reporter Francis Faulve quoted the Red Cross as saying the injured included children and elderly people, who fainted.

At around 5 a.m., the pilgrims, who have been waiting for hours to enter the grandstand, ran out of patience and started pushing the metal fences and barriers at the Maria Orosa entrance.

Despite the presence of police and volunteers, they were unable to control the crowd who wanted to enter the Grandstand, where Pope Francis will be holding a mass on Sunday afternoon.

"Nagtulak sila, naipit ang dibdib ko. Natumba kami, sa dami ng tao nagkaipit-ipit kami," Dita, one of the pilgrims, said.

Before 6 a.m., the barricades were pushed down and the pilgrims were able to enter the grandstand without going through security.

Order was restored after additional police were deployed to the area.