Various rallies staged by nationalist organizations met President Donald J. Trump as he arrived for the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila Sunday, protesting increased United States military presence in the region.
Several activists were injured as Philippine National Police personnel violently dispersed protesters marching to the US Embassy, using high pressure water cannons to break the protesters’ ranks.
One activist, Rix Labalan, was seriously injured while several others suffered bruises.
No PNP officer was reported injured in the scuffle.
Meanwhile, members of youth groups Anakbayan and League of Filipino Students again slipped through tight security cordons near the SMX Convention Center last night to hold a protest picket near one of the summit venues in Pasay City.
The protesters said Trump’s visit is an attempt to further draw the Philippines deeper into the US’s conflict with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. # (Photos by Efren Ricalde, Kathy Yamzon, Neil Ambion and CJ Despuez/Text by Raymund B. Villanueva)