Manila, Philippines - Tuesday’s Labor Day Rallies were peaceful despite afternoon rainshowers experienced by rallyists and participants in key areas of Metro Manila, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
In a text message, PNP community relations group (CRG) head Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said no untoward incident happened as of 3 p.m. as many rallyists self-dispersed when rains fell at Mendiola Bridge, Manila.
Cruz said as early as 8:00 a.m. rallyists were seen along Espana Boulevard (from Welcome Rotonda to Ramon Magsaysay High School) in Manila. The rallyists marched to Mendiola for the 10:00 a.m. program at Mendiola.
Manila Police District (MPD) director Chief Superintendent Alejandro Gutierrez said a first batch of protesters left Mendiola Bridge near Malacañang without incident.
Gutierrez said they are preparing for the second batch of workers' groups to march to the historic bridge before the rainshowers happened.
Gutierrez said some 3,000 police personnel have been deployed in Manila, including Plaza Miranda and Liwasang Bonifaio.
Earlier, police securing Mendiola Bridge got a brief break at noon Tuesday after the first batch of militant workers left the area peacefully.
But the first batch of workers also left behind a mess as they departed.
Meanwhile, in a press statement, the militant Partido ng Manggaggawa (PM) asked President Benigno C. Aquino III for a wage hike and shelve contractualization.