Police tighten security near ASEAN summit venue


Posted at Nov 14 2017 04:39 PM

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MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) deployed more cops around the venue of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits on Tuesday as reports said some individuals and groups were planning to breach the police line and hold a protest.

Aside from the additional 1,000 personnel deployed, the police also set up checkpoints in critical areas near the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City where world leaders were engaged in meetings.

The PNP also has two long-range acoustic devices that were used to disperse protesters in a tension-filled rally on Monday. National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde earlier defended the use of this device, saying its loud noise was not lethal.

Protesters march towards Malacanang Palace during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump who is attending the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on Tuesday. Twenty-one world leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summit meetings. Noel Celis, AFP

Today's rallies have been confined to Taft Avenue and Mendiola. Police said these protests have been peaceful so far. Militant groups claim that although Southeast Asian leaders are focused on improving the region, they have failed to address the real issues of the masses.

Yesterday, thousands of protesters tried to breach the police barricade along Padre Faura in Manila. Authorities used water canons and sonic devices to disperse the militant groups. At least 10 protesters and 6 cops were hurt in the rally.

Militant groups criticized the visit of US President Donald Trump to the Philippines. They called Trump a fascist and warmonger and set a 13-foot effigy of the US president on fire during Monday's demonstration.--report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News