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Militant farmers’ group clashes with police on Commonwealth Avenue

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MANILA, Philippines— Clashes erupted along the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue after protesters tried to breach the police line by taking the opposite lane of the road where police have lined up earlier Monday to block rally groups from going beyond Ever Gotesco Mall.

Senior Superintendent Joel Pagdilao of Quezon City Police District said the ralliers entered the rerouting area at the northbound lane and transferred the southbound lane where vehicles are detoured in a counterflow in connection with President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address scheduled at 4 p.m.

Pagdilao said protesters were only allowed at the northbound lane, prompting police officers clad in full anti-riot gears to push them away from the lane.

Protesters threw rocks at police officers, who in return, pushed and hit them with their truncheons.

Philippine National Police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., said all 6,000 police officers specifically deployed to maintain security around the Batasang Pambansa Complex are under strict orders to uphold respect for civil rights to peaceably assemble, and to extend assistance to all persons participating in Sona-related activities.

“Security personnel have been properly briefed of their individual role and unit mission with emphasis on the Police Operational Procedures and Human Rights. They are properly guided to strictly observe the policy of maximum tolerance and restraint in dealing with any situation,” he said, adding that “maximum tolerance and restraint” will be strictly observed when a need for police action arises.

Ground commanders, Cerbo said, were also instructed to maintain communication with protest leaders and organizers to preclude any possible miscommunication between the two parties.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Kilusang Mambubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the United Luisita Workers’ Union (Ulwu) said Aquino is the “brains behind the fresh moves for Charter Change.”

“As a true haciendero, Aquino is the number one proponent of the 100-percent foreign ownership of lands and utilities, and the removal of the protectionist provisions of the constitution,” KMP spokesperson Antonio Flores said.

Ulwu chairman Lito Bais said it has been three months since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the distribution of the Hacienda Luisita, “but all we see are the obvious political maneuvers by the President’s family and the DAR [Department of Agrarian Reform] to circumvent the Supreme Court descision.”

In Aquino’s Sona, Bais said he may “desperately” project himself as pro-agrarian reform, but will not mention anything about the land distribution.


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  • kilabot

    natunugan ng mga magsasaka hindi babanggitin sa sona ni noykapon ang madaliang pamahagi ng hacienda luisita. bantayan mabuti at baka maglaho.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      never yan babangitin…at kapag naluklok na ang bagong CJ, madaling i-flipflop ang desisyon na yan…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7X5DO3WNUK4ORHZCFW4IAYS24 Lloyd

    Gobyerno para s kapakanan ng iilan at di para sa lahat.

  • iping2sison

    Ang mga kasama sa KMP as hindi tunay na magsasaka.  Kung tunay silang magsasaka dapat nasa kabukiran sila ngayon at nagtatanim. Ang alam kong magsasaka ay masisipag at walang inaatupag kundi maglinang at magtanim. Ang tunay na magsasaka ay hindi naghihirap sa buhay dahil sa kasipagan may ina-aning mga produkto ng lupa na kanilang ibinenta.  Hindi sila sumasali sa mga grupong tulad ng KMP.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DFNVO7UFQHDOSF5XXD3UPX6CCY CRIS

    ano ba tong klaseng mga protestors eh ala na ba silang magawa sa buhay? protesta lang ng protesta…ano ba gusto nila mga mangyari sa bayan, gawan ng magic para mapadali ang pag unlad..ano ba ating pangulo magikero? lol…umuwi na nga kayo at magtanim sa bukid…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DFNVO7UFQHDOSF5XXD3UPX6CCY CRIS

    meron na tau honest na pangulo at hindi corrupt..thats the most important above all things…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7W2T7T2N37DLVYJSM2OV4GJ4A Ramon S

    Ang mga magsasaka ang ginagamit na dahilan ng mga comunista na panangga sa kanilang propaganda ang LFS  ay gagawa ng provocation at gulo sa protest dahil ito ay parti ng stratehiyang kumunista na kumuha ng simpatiya at magtanim ng galit at violenting aksyon dahil wala silang mapayapang sulusyon na mungkahi kundi puro galit at giyera upang buong bansa magkagulo at magiging kumunista… Lumang stratehiya subalit epektibo pa rin sa mga mangmang sa katotohanan tungkol sa kumunistang walang dios na kinatatakutan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7W2T7T2N37DLVYJSM2OV4GJ4A Ramon S

    Boung mundo may problema mag sasaka , ofw, businessman, mahirap man o mayaman kumunista man o hindi, Milf man o driver lahat ng sector sa lipunan may problema. We have one government to address all the problem in the entire country kaya dapat lahat ay magtulung tulong 
    para sa ikabubuti ng gobyerno. at ng buong bayan ang ikulong ay dapat ikulong kurakot sa DPWH ay dapat makulong kagagawa lang ng kalsada noung isang taon ngayon butas butas na tayo ay magkaisa ipakulong contractor at DPWHatcorupt inspector engineer.

  • patriotic_act

    See how uncivilized this people are? they “tried to breach” the police line.. meaning they are violating the stipulated agreements in their “Demonstration Permit” which is the “Agreed Demonstration Space”.

    Part of the agreement to approve their permits is for them to honor the stipulated “demonstration space” as we all know the law says “Peaceful Demonstration” meaning they have to be “stationary” since its a “demonstration” not a “march”..

    But we all know how “uncivilized” this militants, activist, rallyist and communists are.. they use the law the break the law and make the law look like a laughingstock by doing so.. and worst, the media are making it look like this people are just exercising their “right to peaceful demonstration”.

    but we all know “peace” is not their aim.. but “instability”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWM7C4HJRSM7OADRJMOEVYOSMA Noel Rose

    dapat sabihan itong mga nanggugulong mga militante na doon sila sa tapat ng chinese embassy magsisigaw o kaya i-barricade na lang nila ang 168 malls na punong puno ng chinese products at saka mga undocumented chinese. matutuwa pa ang lahat na pinoy kung magawa nila ito

  • Betz Chui

    rally ng mga salot sa bayan…hoy pumunta kayo ng quezon at tumulong sa paghuhukay doon sa mga pinatay  kasama pati buntis at mga bata ng mga  NPA!! sa bukid kayo magrally….

  • Meow Ming

    Bakit ang babait ng mga riot police sa pinas? Ang riot police sa america di basta basta malalapitan kasi threat sa kanila yun kapag nahawakan ang mga shield nila kapag may lumapit at nadikit sa shield binabatuta ganun dapat.

  • m1600

    oNLY IN THE pHILIPPINES THAT RIOT Policeman are like a tamed cat armed only with shield and baton. In New York , NYPD used water cannon,horse, rubber bullets, and pepper spray against demonstrator.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ‘Kilusang Mambubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the United Luisita Workers’ Union (Ulwu) said Aquino is the “brains behind the fresh moves for Charter Change.”’

    mukhang tuliro na
    dalawang ito

    kabado sa popularity pa rin
    ni pnoy

    imainstream na ninyo
    mga pinaglalaban niyo
    may puwang naman na

    huwag dogmatic
    go with the flow
    without compromising principles

    ang enrile-belmonte foreign investor cabal
    ang tirahin nyo

    pati na rin sa dept of agri
    na nagpapa lease ng lupaing pilipino

  • Jason Vorhees

    hindi lahat ng tao sang ayon sa ginagawa ng mga militante na yan. Lahat ba ng uupo na presidente e masama sa inyo. Wala namang mabuting bunga sa inyo. Hindi namin kailangan ang pinag lalaban ninyo. Iba sa inyo makasarili lang. Magsasalita lang yung presidente ninyo e nagwawala na kayo. Masyado kayong nagmamarunong.

  • shane oy

    wala na bang bagong stratehiya ang mga ito? niluma na ng panahon yan. 



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