MANILA, Philippines – Militant students and police clashed for the second straight day in Manila as anti-riot squads prevented the students from camping out at Mendiola, which is near Malacanang, to hold a local “Occupy” protest, police and students on the scene said.
Senior Police Officer 1 Edgar Agbuya of the Manila Police District Station 4 said several lawmen were injured but could not confirm the claim by Jonalyn Paz of the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), in a text message to INQUIRER.net, that one of the student protesters was beaten up along Bustillos Street.
“Wala pang bilang ng nasaktan. But I saw this guy being hit by two or three police officers in his head using that thing they have in hand [batuta]. Nasa hospital siya. Police brutality,” said Paz.
Youth group Anakbayan National Chairman Vencer Crisostomo said that close to 100 policemen have been deployed in the area since 7 a.m.