Labor Day protests end peacefully, says PNP

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Protesters, mostly workers, picket the Labor Department in Manila, Philippines to protest the Labor Day statement by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III of granting non-wage benefits to workers. AP

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Day protest actions in Manila and other parts of the country ended Wednesday evening peacefully, a Philippine National Police spokesman said.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said “no significant untoward incidents were reported in Metro Manila and other key cities across the country” as workers’ groups from different labor organizations celebrated Labor Day.

But even as protesters have mostly dispersed from different rally locations, personnel from the National Capital Region Police Office remained on alert along Chino Roces Bridge, Liwasang Bonifacio, Mabuhay Rotonda, Bonifacio Monument, Plaza Salamanca in Ermita, Manila; and at the Ninoy Aquino monument in Makati City where an estimated 5,000 participants from different labor groups briefly held their Labor Day programs earlier.

Security measures had been in place since 6 a.m. in anticipation of various Labor Day activities by different workers’ groups and other cause-oriented organizations.

“We attribute this generally peaceful and orderly Labor Day celebration to the early preparations by the Police Regional Offices that contributed significantly to the successful implementation of security operations,” Cerbo said.

In Mendiola, protesters dispersed a little before 7 p.m. after the ceremonial burning of President Benigno Aquino’s effigy.

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  • buttones

    Well that must be a relief to Simone….the natives are NOT that revolting after all, mind you we never were, just give ‘em some cake, or SkyFlakes, they would never know the difference anyway….

    • ARIKUTIK

      The natives will not revolt at this moment in time. 10 million of them found green pasture in far away land with out Abnoys talking on TV.
      It is revolting to see mongoloids on TV with dog smile but one must fly to the moon from time to time, to once again re-live moon creatures singing to the tune of video K with wine and round eyed doves by the side….. yeheyyyyy……. will be back when the barrels of wine is emptied ….. byeeeee….. weeeeee >>>>

    • lolo_Jose

      before its too late iha, see a competent psychiatrist…if in case u dont know one, am gonna help you to look for the best, with ur permission of course…

      • buttones

        That‘s an insult is it? How clever of you. How terribly, terribly smart of you. Awesome in fact, I’m not too sure what ’gonna’ means is this some sort of STD? “competent physiatrists’ as opposed to incompetent? Well I will take your word for it you being in the know about this sort of thing, personally I have never had the need, If you have, then that’s cool, no problem…..

  • Kirat

    “In Mendiola, protesters dispersed a little before 7 p.m. after the ceremonial burning of President Benigno Aquino’s effigy.”

    Noy Fawkes Day …. this is just too surreal.

    From this and the other news reports about Labor Day 2013, it is becoming apparent that the date has turned into something other than a holiday for the working people, and into just another occasion for organized political groups to beat their chests at each other.

  • MULEN

    Being more civil and less violent have something to do with the approaching election. Clashes with riot police won’t sit well with the discriminating electorate. Nagpapogi at nagpabango lang ang mga alipores ni Joma.

  • Platypus09

    I don’t understand what they were protesting about.

    Our country is moving forward, not going backwards and everyone knows that.

    All they did was creating street havocs everywhere.

    Laborers need a break, stay at home and get some rest, not going through bunch of non-sense rallies, for what?

    What is the point of burning Pres Aquino’s effigy? He is our elected President, majority of us voted for him. He is our voice, whether or not you voted for him. He needs our support to move our country forward.

    This sounds like personal issues, brought about by Presidential election defeat. That is so elementary and rude. They did this because they were affiliated with communist party, and against democratic principles. They are bunch of losers.

    And yes, they were doing political rally, not what they told the people out there.

    Their communist propaganda is so obvious…!!!

    I still don’t understand why democracy-loving fellow Filipinos went out with them. Were they confused or what?

    • joshmale2004

      They have been doing the same act every year for the last 40 years. Only the numbers dwindled since after Martial Law.

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