SONA protesters released
MANILA, Philippines - After spending a day in Camp Karingal, the 9 protesters arrested during the anti-SONA demonstrations on Monday, July 22 were released by the Quezon City police.
Cristina Guevarra of human rights group SELDA told Rappler that the detainees were released at around 6:00pm after the Philippine National Police (PNP) withdrew the charges.
The PNP planned to file charges of direct assault to authority and violations against Batas Pambansa 880 or the Public Assembly Act of 1985 as they had no permit to hold their demonstration in Commonwealth avenue.
Earlier, the Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) named the two detained students.
Kyel Munoz of the Asian Institute of Tourism and Ramdass Israel of the College of Science were detained after the clash between police and protesters.
The 7 other protesters came from different militant groups. They were Renz Pascual (LFS), Raymond Brabante (Piston), Richard Verongque (Anakbayan), Sardeng Repaso (Piston), Isidro Fullon (Anakpawis), Eugene Sampiano (Migrante) and Ronnel Madrigal (Sinagbayan).
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) Secretary General Nato Reyes Jr earlier said that the violent protests were the result of the city government’s denial of the rally permit. He also blamed the Aquino administration for suppressing dissent.
Atty Edre Olalio said the groups are still discussing whether they will file charges against the Quezon City police.
“It’s an option. We’re looking at this possibility but we still have to discuss,” Olalio said. -Rappler.com