- President Rodrigo Duterte said that the cop who ran over protesters had no intention to kill
- The President said that he will personally look into the investigation of the incident
- He will also talk to the activists to know what really happened
President Rodrigo Duterte said that he would personally look into the US Embassy incident which turned into a violent protest between the militant protesters and the policemen earlier this week.
The anti-US protest of the militants took place outside the US Embassy. However, it became violent after a policeman ran over protesters while driving the police mobile.
The policeman defended himself and said that he was panicking because the protesters were trying to turn over the mobile so he drove quickly.
Upon informing the President over what happened, Duterte said that he want to know what really happened.
“I would like to know what really happened. I will do the questioning myself,” Duterte said during a press conference in Davao City after his state-visit to China.
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Duterte also came up with explanations why the police ran over some protesters.
“Nobody would ever do that in the midst of a troubled. I’m not justifying it. Maybe he was under stress. They might gang up on him, hurt him, and so he acted by instinct, self-preservations. Hindi naman ‘yan talagang may gusto siyang patayin. Padiretso-diretso lang eh (He didn’t want to kill anyone. He just drove forward and forward.) ,” he explained.
Moreover, Duterte plans to have a one-on-one interrogation with the police.
“I intend to look at it. I will try to talk to the police, invite him for coffee,” he said.
Meanwhile, the President will also seek the side of the protesters.
“I will talk to the activists. I would like to know what really happened. I will do the questioning myself. I do not want anybody hurt there, not the police, not the young militants,” added Duterte.
The incident has led to the suspension of around 60 Manila police for their behavior. Also, Duterte said that civility must remain in settling the issue.
Watch the video below and see what the police did to the protesters!