Protesters call on QC mayor to act on police harassment

protesters call on qc mayor to act on police harassment

Protesters call on QC mayor to act on police harassment

MANILA, Philippines — Protesters marching to the House of Representatives in Quezon City (QC) on Wednesday appealed to the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and QC Mayor Joy Belmonte to act on police officers’ harassment of protesters in the city.

The activist groups claimed they were blocked and dispersed by police in riot gear while they were gearing up to stage a protest at the South Gate of the House of Representatives to call for the immediate passage of the wage hike bill for private sector workers.

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According to the Nagkaisa Labor Coalition, who was part of the protest, they were halted by police before they could even reach the House of Representatives.

“Before the protest could even start, the police dispersed them away from the Batasan gate and blocked their return,” the group said in a statement.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called on Belmonte to act on the alleged harassment from police who, KMU said, stifled their rights to participate in the public discussion of wages.

“@QCMayorJoy, you have said that this kind of usurpation of rights is not welcome in our city. We look forward to your office’s prompt response!” the group’s post read.

Nagkaisa, in the same statement, also appealed to the PNP and QC’s local government unit, saying that the “abuse” shows a “lack of respect for freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.”

Photos taken of the incident show protestors

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