- A video of two cops seizing protest materials from a churchgoer while the mass is ongoing has gone viral
- The protest materials were inside a bag and were not being used inside the church
- As per Sen. Hontiveros who was there, the guy whom they took the materials from was not holding a rally and was peacefully attending mass
- The video showed that while the song "Paghahandog ng Sarili" was being sung during the offertory, it was also the time that the two officers seized the materials
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A video of two police officers seizing the protest materials while a mass was ongoing has gone viral.
The two officers approached the churchgoer who was silently attending mass.
They then seized the materials, forcefully at that, and one of the parishioners even tried to approach them to talk to them.
The netizen who posted the video had strong words against the officers who for him, desecrated the mass with what they did.
A statement of Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who was also attending the mass, as per Rappler, was as follows:
"Pinahayag ko na umaasa ako sa feedback sa kanila dahil 'yung mga kasama sa likod ng simbahan ay may baon lang na placard. Hindi po nila ginagamit, baka baon lang nila para hahabol sa UP mamaya. Hindi po sila nagrarally sa simbahan."
The Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government previously clarified that SONA rallies were allowed at the campuses of the University of the Philippines.
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This is not the first time that the PNP became controversial. NCRPO Chief Gen. Debold Sinas became controversial due to his "mañanita" amid the ECQ. More than 40 people gathered in one place at the time, which was supposedly prohibited.
President Rodrigo Duterte defended Sinas and company and stated that they will remain in their positions. Gen. Debold Sinas even stated that there was nothing wrong with the celebration.
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