Violence marred an anti-American protest at the Embassy of the United States in Manila on Wednesday after a driver of a police mobile went on a rampage and plowed through, then ran over rallyists surrounding the vehicle.
A video of the incident showed how the police mobile first went in reverse despite the rallyists behind, then full-throttled towards the rest that attempted to swarm the vehicle.
The footage showed one female rallyist going under the police mobile. Her head was, at one point, bumped by one of the front wheels of the vehicle.
According to a report from Philstar, they were protesting against the remaining US troops in the country.
Meanwhile, the Inquirer noted National Capital Region Police Office head Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde denying that their personnel intentionally ran over a rallyist. Albayalde added that the maneuver was done in self defense as the rallyists were becoming too unruly.
“Hindi naman sila sinagasaan. The rallyists were trying to flip over the patrol car. In the process, the driver extricated the patrol car and inadvertently hit some unruly protesters who sustained minor injuries” he clarified.
He said 21 individuals have been arrested and brought to the MPD headquarters after the dispersal, including a doctor, nurse, health volunteer and a member of the media.
At least 50 people were hurt during the incident while 21 rallyists were arrested and turned over to the Manila Police District.