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QC cops arrest ‘protesters’ amid lockdown

Elmer N. Manuel @tribunephl_lmer

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The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday arrested some 20 Sitio San Roque residents after they staged a protest demanding help amid the enhanced community quarantine being implemented in Luzon to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Initial reports from the QCPD revealed that authorities apprehended 14 men and six women along EDSA Kilyawan in Barangay Bagong Pagasa for protesting without a permit.

The local government of Quezon City, on the other hand, clarified that the protest rally was “staged” by a group with vested interest.

In a statement, it explained that the local government and Brgy. Bagong Pagasa categorically deny claims that no food pack has been distributed in the area, adding that there is a continuous distribution of food packs in the area, both from the local government and the barangay to ensure that affected families receive food packs.

The local government added that the residents were allegedly informed by someone from the group Kadamay that a TV crew was distributing food packs along EDSA or that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was distributing cash.

After reaching the area, the residents discovered that there was no food or cash distribution.

Instead, they were allegedly instigated by Kadamay to hold a rally and claim that the local government has not distributed any food packs in their area. Upon further investigation, however, some residents acknowledged that they did receive food packs.

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