Philippine National Police

National Capital Region Police Office

PBGEN DEBOLD M SINAS

Statement of PMGEN DEBOLD M SINAS Regional Director, NCRPO Re: Confiscation of Placards During a Mass in Quiapo Church

In a video circulating in social media, police officers were seen confiscating placards and other paraphernalias as part of police response during a celebration of a mass in Quiapo Church.

Based on the report of Manila Police District, I would like to clarify that responding police officers received a report from church security officers that members of Akbayan Party List pulled out a placard and publicly displayed it which reads “IPAGLABAN ANG KALAYAAN! RESIST TERROR LAW!” during the mass.

The scene caused distraction to other churchgoers inside the Quiapo Church, affecting the solemnity of the mass. Meanwhile, other members of the group were outside and were also displaying the placards. Henceforth, police officers responded to the report and confiscated the said placards. Photos are attached to see what had happened on that day.

In its highest form, NCRPO respects human rights and freedom of speech. However, we would like to emphasize that we must observe the solemn celebration of the mass and find appropriate place to air grievances.

At the same time, we respect the sacred place where not only the partylists are welcome but everyone who wishes to hear the gospel. Thus, we will not tolerate such deplorable acts for the benefit of all especially of the ordinary people.

Statement of PBGEN ROLANDO MIRANDA
District Director, Manila Police District

Kung talagang pagsisimba lang ang intention ng Akbayan, hindi na dapat nila dinala sa loob ng simbahan ang mga anti government placards, at habang nag mimisa ang pare ay inilabas nila ang mga placards so naalarma ang ibang church people kaya nagsumbong sa pulis.

Accordingly, pagkatapos ng misa sabay sabay silang lalabas sa gilid ng simbahan at doon mag sasagawa ng kanilang protest statement dahil may nakaantabay na mga media doon.

Yung ibang parishioner na nagdadasal ng taimtim nagulat din bakit may mga taong naglalabas ng placard sa loob ng simbahan kaya minabuti ng pulis natin na kumpiskahin na lang ang mga ito. Dapat sa Manila Cathedral nila ito gagawin kaya lang tumanggi ang Manila Cathedral na mag mass para kay Sen. Risa Hontiveros kaya sila napunta ng Quiapo.

They want to make a protest using the church as cover, kung simba at dasal lang talaga ang pakay na Akbayan hindi nila dapat ipasok sa loob ng simbahan ang mga anti govt placards nila at inilabas pa nila habang may mass, so yung ibang nagdadasal nawala din sa concentration ng panalangin nila.
(MPD)