One the month after the bloody Mamasapano incident and the anniversary of the historic People Power uprising, groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) gathered to call commemorate the uprising and call for truth and accountability. The groups were supposed to converge at Camp Crame for an interfaith prayer and symbolic human chain along EDSA before marching to the historic EDSA Shrine but hundreds of police force and several fire trucks blocked them at the Santolan flyover along EDSA preventing the protesters from reaching Camp Crame.
Calls for President Noynoy Aquino’s resignation escalate after the encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao where 44 SAF members, 18 MILF fighters and 7 civilians died. The suspended PNP Director General Alan Purisima controlled the operation and reported directly to Aquino who gave the go-signal.
The groups also claim that Aquino’s criminal culpability has mounted from corruption allegations via pork barrel and DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program), negligence after several disasters, price hikes, privatization, treason because of EDCA, VFA and other unequal agreements with the US, and now the Mamasapano bloodshed.
Despite the police blockade, the protesters went on with their program along EDSA and linked arms instead from the foot of Santolan flyover to Baliwag Transit station in Cubao.