From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 20): House probe on violent dispersal outside US embassy sought
The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives on Thursday sought a legislative inquiry on the violent dispersal of protesters, including indigenous peoples, in front of the United States Embassy in Manila on Wednesday.
In House Resolution 487, the seven-member bloc also urged the lower chamber to condemn the violent dispersal as it infringes on people’s rights to peaceably assemble and air their grievances.
The lawmakers noted in the resolution that the demonstrators were dispersed violently under the orders of Sr. Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo, deputy director for operations of the Manila Police District.
”What was more revolting, however, was the use of a police mobile car like a battering ram that repeatedly ran over the protesters, thus, resulting to more serious injuries on several people, including women,” the resolution read.
The lawmakers identified PO3 Franklin Kho as the one who reportedly drove the police van that rammed through the protesting crowd.
According to the resolution, 11 protesters were injured and hospitalized after the vehicle incident.
The Makabayan bloc is composed of Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Carlos Zarate, ACT Teachers Partylist Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro, Gabriela Partylist Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, Anakpawis Partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao, and Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago.