Freedom awaits 'Occupy Mendiola' students

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2011 08:45 PM | Updated as of Dec 09 2011 02:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Six students arrested during the "Occupy Mendiola" protest Wednesday are set to be released by police after the Manila Prosecutors Office dismissed Thursday the complaint filed against them.

The Manila Police District earlier filed charges of malicious mischief, sedition, physical injuries, and disobedience to person in authority against the students.

The protesters will be freed anytime soon.

Malacañang has defended the police in the way they dispersed the "Occupy Mendiola" protesters.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said police exercised maximum tolerance.

"The Philippine National Police has exercised a wide berth of tolerance for them. The fact that it happened again on the second day showed the tolerance the police has accorded to the [protesters] notwithstanding the fact that there was no permit in the area," he said. - reports from Niko Baua and Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News