Pro­test­ers warned: You will be ar­rested

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MANILA - Au­thor­i­ties have warned leftist groups who are re­port­edly plan­ning to stage a flu­vial protest near the venue of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) sum­mit that they will be ar­rested.

Lieu­tenant Jo­mark Angue, spokesper­son of Task Unit on Mar­itime Se­cu­rity of the Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity Peace and Or­der, Emer­gency Pre­pared­ness and Re­sponse (CSPOEPR), said a no-sail zone has been im­posed in the wa­ters of H2O Ho­tel Manila to Okada Ho­tel, New Sea­side Drive in Parañaque City from Novem­ber 5 to 16 as part of se­cu­rity mea­sures for the Asean sum­mit.

Dur­ing the same pe­riod, shore­line from H2O Ho­tel to the Pasig River are des­ig­nated as con­trolled zones in which all ves­sels com­ing in and out will be es­corted by Philip­pine Coast Guard pa­trol boats.

“Umaapila ako sa mga may-ari ng mo­tor-banca, huwag na po kay­ong makipagspalaran baka mala­gay sa alan­ganin ang mga buhay ng in­y­ong pasa­hero lalo na kung hindi na­man sila marunong luman­goy,” Angue said.

“Once you are spot­ted rid­ing in a mo­tor banca or join­ing the flu­vial protests, we will not think twice to ap­pre­hend you. Your ban­cas will be im­pounded and the banca own­ers will have to pay penal­ties,” he added.

Cuy re­it­er­ated that as­sem­blies and other forms of protests can only be done in des­ig­nated ar­eas.

He also re­minded the for­eign tourists not to take part in any mass ac-

tions as it could serve as ground for im­me­di­ate de­por­ta­tion.

“While we are hos­pitable hosts, we ex­pect you to abide by our laws and rules and one of them is not to par­tic­i­pate in ral­lies,” said Cuy.

Angue is­sued the warn­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports that leftist groups were plan­ning to stage a flu­vial protest near the sum­mit venue. Sun­Star Philip­pines

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