The Manila Police District is ready to face an investigation in connection with the violent dispersal of protesters at the US embassy Wednesday.
“We will not hide anything, we will help the criminal investigation groups, we will accept the results of the investigation if we did something wrong,” MPD director Police Supt. Joel Coronel said.
The police official maintained that the protesters were the first to act violent, provoking the policemen who showed maximum tolerance.
“Sila po ang unang sumugod sa ating hanay at nagpumilit na umabot sa embassy at dumihan ang embassy (they were the first to invade our ranks to force their way into the embassy),” Coronel said.
“At 10:30 a.m. our first casualty was PO1 Regala but we did not react violently, we kept on tolerating them,” said Supt. Albert Barot.
Barot said the driver of the police van that plowed into a group of demonstrators did not intend to harm the crowd.
“Niyuyugyog nila yung patrol car sabi po ni PO3 Kho susunugin nila yung patrol car, natakot po yung first driver namin kaya si Kho na yung pumalit (They were pushing the van, PO3 (Franklin) Kho said they will burn the patrol car, our first driver got scare so he was replaced by Kho),” Barot added.
He said even some policemen were almost knocked over by the police van.
Meanwhile, members of militant groups held a rally in Mendiola, Manila to call on an independent foreign policy and to denounce the presence of American forces in the country.
They also called for the jailing of the police officers involved in the dispersal of rallyists.