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Clinton convoy in paint attack in Philippines

Anti-riot police push back protesters opposing the visit of US Secretary of States Hillary Rodham Clinton who were blocking the road, forcing the convoy to detour Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, in Manila. In a highly symbolic ceremony aboard a guided-missile destroyer, Clinton underlined America's military and diplomatic support for the Philippines as the island nation engages in an increasingly tense dispute with China over claims in the resource-rich South China Sea. AP PHOTO/PAT ROQUE

MANILA, Philippines—Protesters clashed with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail near the Malacañang Palace Wednesday, forcing her convoy to detour, an Agence France-Presse photographer on the scene said.

Filipino security men and at least one American jumped out with automatic rifles drawn after about 50 protesters kicked their vehicles and hurled red paint on the cars, but no shots were fired, the photographer said.

US embassy spokeswoman Bettina Malone and Manila police both declined to comment on the confrontation, which the photographer said occurred after Clinton called on President Benigno Aquino at Malacañang palace.

The photographer said the incident occurred as Filipino police motorcycle outriders led out the Clinton convoy out of the palace in Manila.

The main body of the convoy turned around and took another route, while Filipino riot police swung their batons at the chasing protesters, who retreated, he added.

Some of the security vehicles suffered dents and one had a broken side mirror after being kicked by the protesters, the photographer said.

Dianne Marie Solmayor, spokeswoman of the Manila branch of the leftist youth group Anakbayan, told AFP her group was responsible for the incident.

She said 50 members hurled red, water-based paint bombs at Clinton’s convoy and hurled their placards at the vehicles.

“We staged a lightning rally against the convoy while it emerged from the presidential palace,” she said by telephone.

“Some of the vehicles were hit with paint bombs and placards. It was unavoidable that some of them sustained damage. The rest turned around.”

She said none of the participants were arrested but claimed police injured some of them.

Shortly after the incident, a lone protester also disrupted a public forum with Clinton to urge the end of a military pact between the two countries.

At a largely friendly public meeting that was broadcast on television, a demonstrator suddenly stood up with a banner and repeatedly shouted, “Drop VFA!” before staff at the event escorted the protester out.

The protester was referring to the Visiting Forces Agreement, which gives US troops legal safeguards when they visit the Philippines.

The pact has been controversial in the Philippines after alleged crimes by US troops in the former colony, as well as opposition among some groups for any American soldiers to be in their country.

Clinton brushed off the protest and said that it was a sign that “people are unafraid to express themselves” in the Philippines.

She was on a visit to the Philippines aimed at shoring up military cooperation amid high tension between Manila and Beijing over a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

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  • Anonymous

    US is a Global SuperPower, and we must accept that as a FACT.
    > kaya nga idiversify natin foreign relations away from our colonialist/imperialist/globalist

    across is the United States territory. it is of the US’s GLOBAL and NATIONAL Interest.
    > thousands of miles away and its because of their imperialist interests

    Just imagine if a WAR broke out in these Islands
    > sitting pretty ang u.s. sa bansa nila at umuulan ng tsinese rockets dito sa atin

    the Chinese would win considering their military might
    > kaya alliance with asean and neighbors and others in the vicinity para hindi war freak dahil tatamaan

    right beside the US Territory.
    > you’re talking of guam of course, not the u.s. mainland 18 hours away, that of course was once administered from manila

    Can you imagine the future scenario Joboni96?
    > hindi mo pa ba maimagine sa mga nasa itaas

  • http://www.facebook.com/TREBolinao2406 Herbert Oliveros Agudera

    Minsan mag isip isip nga tayong mga Pinoy,we r just living in a country with weak military defense that we don’t even have the capability to defend our country from invaders,although we can but the question is How long we will going to last………maybe u r all brave enough to fight invaders carrying your bolos and spears…Paano mahihikayat and ibang bansa na mag invest sa Pinas kung imieksena nlng lagi tayo.welga dito,welga doon.reklamo dito,reklamo doon.
    Minsan mas gusto na ng mga Pinoy magwork sa ibang bansa dahil sa dami ng problema sa Pinas at para na rin mabawasan ang malaking populasyong pinoproblema ng bansa……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/TREBolinao2406 Herbert Oliveros Agudera

    Sabi nila the bigger the population ng isang country the bigger the chances of country’s progress..this is right for no.1 China and no.2 India……….we r currently ranked no.12 but without unity,discipline,right knowledge and patriotism we we not be a successful country as one………

  • http://www.facebook.com/TREBolinao2406 Herbert Oliveros Agudera

    ung mga umatake dapat parusan,………….bayaran ung damages sa mga sasakyan……..asan na ang peaceful way of expressing opposition ni Rizal?……….para tayong mgawalang pinag aralan……….remember the world is watching us……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/TREBolinao2406 Herbert Oliveros Agudera

    i wish everything good for the Philippnes but i can’t picture myself experiencing it…….it will take time and maybe i am not already existing…… for the meantime i will try to experience it in Korea.

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