Malacañang on Monday called on protesters who converged along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City for the fourth state-of-the-nation address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino 3rd to exercise discipline and sobriety as they air their right to peaceful assembly.
“We call on all of them to bear in mind the inconveniences their actions may cause the general public,” said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a statement.
This as some 500 militants had managed to breach the police line at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, triggering a shoving match with policemen.
The protests were trying to get near the Batasan Complex where President Aquino was to deliver his fourth SONA before a joint session of 16th Congress at 4 p.m. Monday.
Police and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had barricaded parts of Commonwealth Avenue to keep militants from getting near the Batasan Complex, the seat of the House of Representatives.
Lacierda reminded the rallyists that “sticks and stones and violent confrontation are not the hallmarks of peaceful assembly.” PNA