Police Stop Martial Law Film Showing in Pasay City

Police Stop Martial Law Film Showing Over Distancing Violation in Pasay City

PASAY CITY – Police allegedly stopped the film showing about the Martial Law for allegedly violating the social distancing protocol.

Raoul Manuel, a representative for the Kabataan Partylist, vented his anger on Wednesday toward the policemen who ordered organizers to halt screening of a martial law movie in a barangay in Pasay City. Manuel claimed that the police arrived and warned them that Malacñang wouldn’t approve of what they were doing.

“Kaya daw pinapatigil ng kapulisan ‘yun dahil hindi daw ‘yun magugustuhan ng nakaupo ngayon sa Malacañang,” Manuel, citing the organizers of the event, said in ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo.

Martial Law Showing Pasay

However, Pasay Police Chief Byron Tabernilla refuted the charge and stated that the film showing was halted due to violations of social distance. Manuel answered that the police were only seeking explanations.

“Hindi makatotohanan ang gano’ng sinasabi ng ating kapulisan kasi meron 5 ahente ng kanilang intelligence unit ‘yung pumunta sa venue kahit na ‘yan pa nga ay in coordination doon sa barangay officials,” he said.

“Tapos sila ay nang-video pa nga at meron pang isang ahente na nagpakita ng kaniyang baril sa mga lumahok at maging sa ibang media personnel,” he added.

Although the Pasay police have not yet released a statement regarding the brandishing, Manuel claimed they had obtained images and videos that will support his claims. According to AlterMidya, the event, which was planned by the Kabataan Partlyist on the day of the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law, was meant to screen “Liway,” a martial law movie by Kip Oebanda.

BAYAN Secretary-General Renato Reyes Jr. criticized the police action on Twitter. The Pasay police blocked a movie showing Martial Law the day before its 50th anniversary. It was a rented space. Nothing was prohibited there, he claimed.

“Bakit pinatigil ng pulis na di man lang naka-uniporme? Akala nila Martial Law pa rin tayo? #ML50 #NeverAgain,” he added.

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