141 SONA protesters arrested
Based on reports by mass organization, at least 141 activists were arrested by the police during or on their way to rallies last July 23.
In Metro Manila, 34 activists were arrested including 5 PISTON members and 24 activists in Marikina City. In Southern Tagalog, 85 activists were arrested while on their way to participate in a protest action at University of the Philippines-Los Banos. Among those arrested are 62 members of Bayan-Cavite who were apprehended and detained for three hours before being informed that they were held for not having travel passes.
In Bulacan, police elements arrested four residents and members of Kadamay-Pandi who posted protest photos in social media in solidarity with the mobilization in UP Diliman. They were arrested after the online protests in their respective houses and were brought to a police precint without charges. The victims were released on August 5. Thirteen individuals who were on their way to UP Diliman were also arrested in San Jose del Monte.
In Tuguegarao, four activists were arrested, including Joshua Buyogan of UP Baguio Outcrop who was in the area to cover the protest for their campus publication. In Cebu, the police arbitrarily stopped the conduct of an online cultural program.
All arrests were perpetrated by the police for alleged “violations” of quarantine protocols. Lawyers, however, insist that the arrests are baseless. They clarified that the resolutions and orders of the IATF may not be used as bases for the arrests.