By Joseph Pedrajas
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will continue pressing charges against the 21 individuals who were arrested after staging a lightning rally on EDSA on April 1, Wednesday, to ask for food.
“Bago po sila hinuli, unang-una pinakiusapan natin sila para magsibalikan sa kanilang tahanan, subalit nagmatigas sila kaya wala tayo magawa kundi i-implement natin ang batas (Before they were arrested, we asked them to go back to their homes, but they were unrelenting. We were left with no choice but to implement the law),” QCPD Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo said in a statement.
Those arrested will be slapped with three various charges, according to police. These are the violation of RA 11469 or Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, RA11332 or Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act in Relation to RA 922, and Violation of Art. 151 or Resistance and Disobedience to a Person in Authority or Agents.
This came after some 150 residents of Sitio Roque in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa took to EDSA around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. They held placards that had requests for food written on them.
The incident turned into a melee. A video showed police officers running after the protesters and pinning down those they were able to catch.