More than 60 people hurt in SONA clash
The protests did not go peaceful as planned
The Philippine Star's Dennis Carcamo reports that "at least 21 policemen and 41 protesters were hurt during a shoving match" that occurred along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City a few hours before President Benigno Aquino III delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasan Pambansa complex on Monday, July 22.
According to the report, the Commission on Human Rights is now probing which among the two groups-the police and the rallyists-should be blamed for the violent dispersal. The commission noted that while some policemen are being investigated because they did not have nameplates on their uniforms, the protesters may also be held liable "for the destruction of government property when they tore down the iron barricade of the center island near Ever Gotesco Mall as they tried to move to the southbound lane of the highway."
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