Scuffle breaks out between police, youth activists at CHED gate


Posted at May 30 2019 02:43 PM

MANILA -- Police on Thursday rounded up 3 youth activists who splashed paint at the gate of the Commission on Higher Education office in Quezon City. 

Several officers, in a video captured by ABS-CBN News, can be seen dragging one protester away from the gate while his peers tried to pull him away. 

Other activists were loaded into a police car. 

"Bakit n'yo sinasakyan?" one activist was heard shouting.

(Why are you hurting him?)

"Hindi sinasaktan," replied an officer. "Kailangan lang kuhanin kasi mali na 'yan."

(We're not hurting him. We have to take him because what he did was wrong.)

Three activists were picked up, but immediately released. 

The students were protesting tuition increases, the non-mandatory teaching of Filipino in the school curriculum, and the revival of the mandatory Reserve Officers' Training Corps. 

They were led by the Kabataan party-list and the National Union of Students of the Philippines. 

With reports from Mark Demayo and Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News