MANILA – The police are now investigating an incident involving three men who egged on four vendors to sell Chinese flags at the Luneta Park.
A closed-capture television (CCTV) video released by the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) to ABS-CBN News show the men giving the Chinese flags for the vendors to sell.
The NPDC has captured the faces of the suspects and are now coordinating with the police for their apprehension. It suspects the move was meant to humiliate the Duterte administration amid its improving ties with Beijing.
The NPDC apprehended the vendors and turned them over to the police, but they were eventually released.
The incident took place days before the Philippines marks its Independence Day.
In July last year, red banners with the words "Welcome to the Philippines, Province of China" were hung on several pedestrian overpasses in the capital, as the Philippines marked the second anniversary of the Philippines' win over China in an international arbitration court.
The Palace had said the installation of the banners was the handiwork of government enemies.
- Report from Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News