ONLY a few hundred protesters showed up at the 34th EDSA People Power anniversary rites at EDSA Shrine yesterday afternoon belying claims by anti-government organizations they will muster thousands to the site to air their protests against the Duterte administration.
Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said that as of 3 in the afternoon, the EDSA anniversary rites remained peaceful and orderly with no major untoward incidents monitored in the area and other parts of the country.
Among the groups who rallied at the EDSA Shrine were those from the Group of Solidarity for VP Leni and Tindig Pilipinas led by former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman.
‘’The PNP respects the right of the people to peaceful assembly and always willing to assist upon coordination, to avoid congestion and maintain order and efficient traffic flow,” he said.
Banac said that on orders of PNP chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa all police forces nationwide remained on alert to ensure peace and order during the EDSA rites.
National Capital Region Police Office director Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas placed the entire Metro Manila police force under full alert following reported threats to disrupt the EDSA rites.
Manila Police District director Brig. Gen. Bernabe M. Balba Jr said that around 1,000 members of the militant Bayan Muna, Anak-Pawis, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Pamalakaya and Migrante groups held their protest rallies in front of the Chino Roces (formerly Mendiola) Bridge near Malacañang Palace.