Watch: Police Car Runs Over Protesters at US Embassy, Driver Explains His Side (Video)
A police car runs over several protesters at US Embassy in Manila, this Wednesday October 19. However, the authorities denied deliberately doing the act, saying that the driver had no choice but to defend themselves from unruly protesters. The driver of police car explained his side. Watch video below. Warning: the video contains graphic content.
As you can see, the police car in question hit some protesters and even ran over at some of them, as the vehicle ran back and forth. The rallyists were members of left-wing group, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), who are demanding the end of the military exercises of US troops in the country. They were joined by some indigenous groups.
According to a Facebook post by Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes, the protest rally was about to end when the police started attacking them, adding that the police pushed them back and tear gas was used against them. He noted that the violent dispersal was planned ordered by Col. Marcelino Pedrozo of the Manila Police District (MPD).
However, Col. Pedrozo said that their team exercised maximum tolerance, but the protesters did not respect the rights of the policemen. He insisted that it is not really their intention to hurt anyone, and that they just defended themselves. He added that around 30 policemen were injured in the incident, but the number is expected to rise as investigation pushes through.
Meanwhile, the driver of the police car was identified as Police Officer 3 (PO3) Franklin Kho, who said that militants were trying to turn the police car over, and seize it from them. He added that they also attempted to hurt him and his fellow police officer inside the police car., noting that he felt he had no choice but to run the car in reverse and forward again.
The protesters who were ran over by the police car had injuries and were rushed to the nearest hospital. Fortunately, none of them died. As of posting, the incident is under the thorough investigation by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO). Both parties said they will file charges against each other, with a total of 23 protesters arrested.