Rumors of shooting, injured individuals in Intramuros protest are false

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Riot police in tactical gear carrying shields face off with demonstrators waving flags and carrying protest banners. Rumors of shooting during the protest spread online.
Protesters and police officers face off at Arzopbispo St, in Manila, Philippines on May 10, 2022. Misinformation spread about shootings during the demonstration circulated online. Source: Mark Famatigan

Rumors of injured protesters and a shooting happening in Intramuros, Manila on May 10 are not true.

A day after the controversial May 9 elections, protests were held by several groups and individuals across the country. In the National Capital Region (NCR), demonstrations were held in front of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) main office in Intramuros, its NCR office in Quezon City, and Liwasang Bonifacio.

One of the protests led by a delegation from the Southern Tagalog region started in Liwasang Bonifacio and marched to the COMELEC. The protesters were blocked at Arzobispo Street and held their program there in peace. It was around that time when rumors began to spread of a shooting in Intramuros, and protesters getting hurt.

Around a hundred policemen and a SWAT team was dispatched to block protesters from going to COMELEC.

In recent days, a barrage of fabricated screenshots are circulating all over social media saying that there are plans of mass arrests in Liwasang Bonifacio. Organizers suspect that such information is meant to fearmonger and consequently discourage people from attending protests.

Demonstrations are being held left and right in light of election anomalies and the lead of dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte in the 2022 elections, as early as the evening of election day.

Election watchdog Kontra Daya (Against Fraud) reported that there are 1,800 cases of Vote Counting Machine (VCM) errors and around 1.1 million disenfranchised voters.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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