Tension mars early EDSA anniversary activities


Posted at Feb 25 2018 10:00 AM | Updated as of Oct 09 2018 07:56 PM

MANILA - Protesters on Sunday quarreled with policemen who evicted them from the People Power Monument (PPM) on EDSA, where they were holding a 9-day vigil of fasting and novena.

Police had secured the area ahead of a Mass and program marking the 32nd anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution. They transferred to another part of the PPM the tents of protesting group of farmers, fishermen, indigenous peoples youth organizations, informal settlers and clergy.

Fr. Robert Reyes, an activist priest leading the vigil, condemned the transfer, saying protesters in previous years were allowed to join the People Power commemoration.

Senior Insp. Noel Calayan, meanwhile, guaranteed that the group will be allowed to return to the area after the government's program.

Among those who attended the event were former President Fidel V. Ramos and Interior Undersecretary Martin Diño.

Quezon City Mayor Herber Bautista, meanwhile, visited the protesters who were transferred in front of Camp Aguinaldo's gate 4.

With reports from Arra Perez and Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News