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Rallyists breaching police lineup face raps

  • Written by Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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CHARGES of violation of the Public Assembly Act of 1985, breach of peace, assault upon an agent of a
person in authority, disobedience and resistance will be filed against the leaders and members of a
militant organization that reportedly tried to breach a police line-up at the height of a rally at the
corner of United Nations Avenue and  A. Mabini Street in Ermita, Manila, the other day.                                    
The Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) said among
those who will be charged are Neil Legaspi, 47, of No.1 Maaralin St., Bgy. Central, Quezon City;
Renato Reyes Jr. and Teddy Casino, all of the Bayan Muna party-list.                                                                           
Police said elements of the 1st PSC Company of the NCRPO were assigned to secure the area in
connection with the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit as Civil Disturbance
Management (CDM) contingents, when the militants rallied in the area at around 1 p.m.    

At 3 p.m., the protesters allegedly insisted to proceed to the police line to go near the
United States (US) Embassy and attacked the CDM contingents.                   
    
Police said that while they tried to maintain their line, Legaspi arrived aboard a marine
blue Nissan Urvan (NQN-437) and with installed placards and protest paraphernalia. He allegedly tried
to break the police line by making his vehicle go back and forth, thus endangering the lives of the
police.
    
Police said the incident resulted in injuries to PO1 Agcamaran’s left arm.                                                                        
Battalion commander Senior Supt. Lemuel Obon reportedly tried to stop Legaspi but the latter
allegedly refused to heed him, so he was arrested. During his arrest, Legaspi was said to have tried
to resist.                                                     
    
Reyes and Casino, police said, will also be charged as organizers and leaders of the said
rally which was not covered by the required permits.