26 Jul Iligan City Mayor orders blockage of anti-Martial Law protesters from CdeO
Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia ordered the military and police to block the passage of over 1,000 anti-Martial Law protesters from Cagayan de Oro City who are set to hold a rally in the city.
In an article from Manilatimes.com, Regencia also ordered the deployment of a military armored car called Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to be stationed at an area bordering Iligan City and Luga-it in Misamis Oriental.
One of the reasons why the Mayor wanted to stop the protesters from advancing towards the city is the concern on the security of a large number of evacuees displaced by armed conflict in Marawi City.
Kalumbay tribal organization leader Jomorito Guaynon said that the protesters have opted instead to conduct the rally at the border where military and police forces were tasked to block them yesterday, July 25.
The protesters are composed of the youth, out-of-school youth, farmers, labor groups, religious and human rights lawyers who started their convoy headed towards Iligan City last Monday, July 24, where they will suppose to stage a protest dubbed as “People’s State of the Nation Address”.
It was also said that no harassment was made by Regencia’s task force in carrying out their orders to make it sure that the protesters will not be entering Iligan City.