By Danny Estacio
LUCENA CITY, Quezon – Police held eight buses carrying 350 passengers who were supposedly joining the protest rally in Manila when they failed to present proper documents while traveling along Maharlika Highway in Talipan, Pagbilao and Bocohan in Lucena City.
Chief Insp. Liza Capistrano, information officer of the Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO), said that the buses were five Arandia Bus Line, some with plate numbers and others without plate numbers, including buses named Kerlyn Liners and Maria Victoria Transportation.
Capistrano said the Lucena City police coordinated with the Quezon Highway Patrol Group when they found violations, such as traveling out of line, fake plate numbers, spurious documents, no plate number attached and improvised plate numbers.
When police asked the passengers about the purpose of their travel to Metro Manila, they gave different reasons, such as attending a meeting in Manila or not knowing where they were headed after they were asked to join.
Capistrano also said some of the passengers refused to respond, although police suspected that they were on their way to the protest rally at Manila’s Rizal Park in commemoration of the anniversary of the declaration fo martial law 46 years ago on September 21.
As of this writing, the buses and the passengers were resting along the shoulders of the highway.