In a Facebook post on August 24, Ateneo de Manila University’s school publication reported a police car with a missing license plate visiting the anti-extrajudicial killing rally organized at the university to protest the killings in the government’s war on drugs.
The Guidon wrote that the police car arrived at Gate 2.5 and asked for the names of the rally organizers.
“Two policemen attempted to speak to faculty attendees, and have reportedly asked for the names of the leaders of the mobilization,” The Guidon posted.
“Attendees were advised to enter school premises, and dispersed safely,” it said.
An Atenista also tweeted about what happened in the evening of August 24 with this thread:
Tonight, my faith in the PNP was completely shattered. Read on for more info kung ano ang nangyari sa Katipunan noise barrage tonight.
— – (@lepetitefangirl) August 24, 2017
Another Twitter user reposted what the police car looked like.
— Temperamental Brats (@TMPRMNTLBRAT) August 24, 2017
In the comments section of The Guidon’s post, netizens reacted to the cops’ visit.
Who’s their leader? These could be the perfect answers to that question.
What about the missing license plate?
Was it about a rally permit?
The cops shouldn’t be asking names, one netizen said.
Someone recalled the horror stories during martial law.
And suddenly, all the stories of Ateneo under Martial Law as told by the older co-faculty become more and more real by the day. Ingat.
— Nathania Chua (@PilosopoTanya) August 24, 2017
Here is the “spot report” of the cops who visited the rally, as per one Twitter user.
Ito na ang chakang “spot report” nung mga pulis kagabi sa harap ng Ateneo. pic.twitter.com/yCK1xG3k0x
— Temperamental Brats (@TMPRMNTLBRAT) August 25, 2017
A netizen noted that if the cops tried to intimidate the protesters in Ateneo, how much more intimidation could they have done in the poor communities?
“Sa tapat ito ng Ateneo, nasa pribadong lote pa kami. Paano pa kaya sa mga maralitang komunidad?” he said.
A few minutes after 8:24 pm. Sa tapat ito ng Ateneo, nasa pribadong lote pa kami.
Paano pa kaya sa mga maralitang komunidad? pic.twitter.com/h5lwcfwRwM
— Lanz Espacio (@lanzespacio) August 24, 2017
In case of unlawful arrest, here are the offices that can help and their contact numbers:
I didn’t think the day would come when I’d feel compelled to share this again. But here we are. Pass it on. Save a life. pic.twitter.com/9ulr9zGRG8
— #B L E S S (@angpinagpala) August 24, 2017