MANILA, Philippines ? (UPDATE 2) Around 200 rain-soaked farmers breached the north gate of the Batasan Pambansa complex and held a rally at the doorstep of the session hall building on Wednesday to press for the passage of a bill extending the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
The farmers pushed for House Bill 4077 or the CARP extension with reforms on the last day of session before Congress adjourns sine die.
After over an hour outside the session hall, police, who were armed with shields dispersed the protesters and loaded them on three buses that would bring them to Camp Karingal, a police camp in Quezon City. There were no reported injuries.
A certain Ka Zaldy and a certain Ka Virgie, from Calatagan, Batangas were brought to the House security after they attempted to enter the session hall.
The protesters have remained in front of the session hall entrance as baton-wielding police encircled them.
Both the south and north gates of the Batasan complex were closed. Congressmen entered the session hall through the back door of the hall.
On its last day of session, lawmakers are expected to tackle the CARP bill and the right of reply bill.