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MPD blocks MANIBELA, PISTON protesters from entering Manila

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Policemen block the caravan protest by transport groups Manibela and Piston at España, Manila on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2024, before it reaches Mendiola where they are set to do their program to call for the junking of the traditional jeepney phaseout. (Photo taken by Noel Pabalate/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Motorists along España Boulevard experienced heavy traffic after members of the Manila Police District (MPD) blocked the protesters belonging to transport groups at Welcome Rotonda, Quezon City from heading to Mendiola, Manila on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Transport groups Manibela and Piston organized a nationwide protest caravan from the Univesity of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City to Mendiola in Manila to oppose the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program.

MPD Traffic Enforcement Unit had closed the southbound lane of España Boulevard to stop the protesters from entering Manila.

According to MPD officers, the blockage stemmed from the disturbance that the transport groups caused during their previous protests.

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Policemen block the caravan protest by transport groups Manibela and Piston at España, Manila on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2024, before it reaches Mendiola where they are set to do their program to call for the junking of the traditional jeepney phaseout. (Photo taken by Noel Pabalate/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The transport groups carried out the protest program on España Boulevard, which was supposed to be in Mendiola.

Authorities advised motorists to take alternate routes to avoid the traffic congestion.

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