Protesters walk around police barricade on Commonwealth Ave
MANILA, Philippines – At least two groups of protesters walked around the barricade set up by police along the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City early Monday.
They took the sidewalk along the Ever Gotesco Mall and managed to move the concrete barriers until they got pass through what Quezon City Police Department Traffic sector called the “Commonwealth Chapter.”
The Commonwealth Chapter is a portion of the road where rerouting of vehicles towards the southbound lane starts.
“They were only allowed until Quezon City Circle,” Gemma Balmaceda of the Traffic department said.
Police estimated the number of protesters to be from 150 to 200.
Unlike last year, barbed wires were attached at steel fences that divides the north and southbound lanes of Commonwealth Avenue.
Barbed wires were also placed on top of concrete barriers and fences in front of the police line near Ever Gotesco. Container vans were placed at the back of the police officers
The National Capital Region Police Office said around 8,000 police officers have been deployed to maintain security along the vicinity of the Batasan Pambansa complex.
Maximum tolerance will be enforced in dealing with protesters, NCRPO said.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94