May Day militants rained out in Mendiola

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MAY DAY RALLY AND RAIN. Militants march to Mendiola on Tuesday, Labor Day, to demand, among others, for a P125 wage increase across the board. The rally was, however, disrupted by rain, forcing the protesters to seek shelter.  Video taken by INQUIRER.net’s Cathy Miranda and Matikas Santos


MANILA, Philippines – Militant groups holding a Labor Day rally at Don Chino Roces Bridge (formerly Mendiola Bridge) to demand, among others, for a wage increase, on Tuesday were rained out.

Many protesters rushed for cover when the strong rains fell just several minutes after they burned an effigy of President Benigno Aquino III at just past 3 p.m.

But the militants went on with their program despite the downpour.

“Takot ba kayo sa ulan? [Are you afraid of the rain?]” a speaker called to the people over the sound system. To which the protesters shouted “Hindi! [no!].”

Senior Superintendent Alex Gutierrez, Philippine National Police (PNP) Manila District Director, said in an interview that he thought the rain was a factor why the ranks of the protesters thinned by late afternoon.

“We estimated around 2,000 initially,” Gutierrez said.

But due to the rains, many might have gotten wet and had gone home, he said.

The militant groups staged a whole day rally to call for a wage increase and the repeal of the oil deregulation and Epira laws.

They began their protest at Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila where the various groups gathered before heading to Mendiola.

Upon arrival at Mendiola, the militants began their program by burning the effigy of Aquino that resembled a pitbull.

Several minutes after the burning of the effigy, the downpour started.

As of 6 p.m., only about 100 protesters were left, according to police.

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  • bahaykubo1015

    1998-2007—–ABNOY A NON-PERFORMING CONGRESSMAN
    2007-2010—–ABNOY A NON-PERFORMING SENATOR
    2010-2012—–ABNOY A NON-PERFORMING PRESIDENT
     
    Wala na ngang alam, TAMAD PA  
    PAANO NA LANG YAN??????
     
    Do Philippines a favor and resign!!!!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HR6ZUASYQVJDOQZXV7ROMEF2YI Abnoy tupak

    hindi si pnoy interesado sa needs ng workers..
    kaya no show lang

  • http://twitter.com/Perdition2012 Rey Gan

    At inulan ang rally ng mga kumonista, hahaha. Buti nga sa inyo…..

  • mchang1978

    Give these demonstrators a US tourist visa and they will leave the country in no time at all and work there as TNTs. I bet my balls! Tuta nang Kano kuno!

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