Manila prosecutor dismisses case vs 17 LGBT members

The Manila City Prosecutor Office dismissed the complaint filed by the Manila Police District (MPD) against 17 LGBT members after they were arrested during the Pride March on 26 June 2020.

In a resolution, Assistant City Prosecutor Kristine Ria Cirilo said the protesters could not be held liable for illegal assembly after MPD failed to identify the leaders and organizers of the rally.

Earlier, the MPD charged the 17 LGBT members for illegal assembly, disobedience in relation to Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Act.

Cirilo added that under the law, mere participants of a peaceful assembly can not be held criminally liable.

She added that the protest was peaceful, compliant with social distancing, and that the commotion started when a policeman collared a participant.

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