DCPO denies harassing protesters

Official Statement of Davao City Police Office

This pertains to the allegations of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Southern Mindanao accusing the PNP and LTO/LTFRB of interfering in the conduct of their rally in Davao City.

There is NO truth to these claims. The jeepney they claimed to have been waylaid unjustifiably by the PNP Davao was in fact duly intercepted by the PNP and LTO/LTFRB for grossly violating: OVERLOADING and OUT-OF-LINE, a clear violations of Law provided for by Republic Act 4136 or otherwise known as the Land Transportation Traffic Code.

In the light of this predicament, there is therefore NO iota of truth to the claim that the government is interfering on their rights to conduct peaceful rallies and assemblies as the law enforcers are merely enforcing the law which was clearly violated.

We also would like to reiterate that the Davao City Police Office has exercised maximum tolerance in all our dealing of lawful protest rallies in the past, as we always uphold and respect the rights of every individual including the right to freedom of expression, to peacebly assemble to petition the government but we must not also forget that in doing so we shall all consider the prevailing laws of our Country and exercise self-restraint as not to violate the rights of others.

We implement the Law without Fear or Favor.

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