PNP seeks probe into ‘planted’ Chinese flags in Luneta
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will probe the supposed planting of Chinese flags by Luneta Park vendors ahead of the 2019 Independence Day, top cop General Oscar Albayalde said on Monday, June 10.
“I will direct the Manila Police District Director to see what really happened. Maybe later they just wanted to be famous through the media. We will look into what the purpose for it was,” Albayalde said in a mix of English and Filipino at a Camp Crame news conference.
Photos of the Chinese flags being sold we shared on social media apparently to play on the strong public sentiment against President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China, which is among countries surveyed to be least trusted by Filipinos.
In a series of live video posted on Sunday, June 9, National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) Executive Director Penelope Belmonte was seen confronting the vendors after CCTV footage showed them transacting with 3 men.
One of the vendors said they were offered P100 to act as if selling Chinese flags. (READ: Malacañang says 'province of China' tarp the work of government 'enemies')
"May lalaking lumapit sa amin, kunwari lang daw, project daw ng anak nila, 'Bigyan namin kayo ng pangmerienda,'" one of the vendors said. (A man approached us and asked us to just pretend, for their child's project. [They told us] "We'll give you money to buy snacks.")
Belmonte then replied, “Binastos 'nyo po ang pambansang liwasan, ang watawat ng Pilipinas," she said. (You disrespected the national park, the national flag of the Philippines.) – Rappler.com