Vice Ganda recently seek help after learning that around 20 individuals were arrested by the police where most of them were members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Jose Mari Viceral or popularly known as Vice Ganda is one of the most popular comedians in the showbiz industry. He is also a part of the LGBTQIA+ community who also joins the campaign condemning the authorities who arrested 20 individuals who attended on the #PRIDE march on Friday, June 26.
The ‘It’s Showtime’ host then took his Twitter account, asking for an explanation of the arrest that occurred. He also called out Manila Mayor Isko Moreno to seek help to release the 20 individuals.
Vice wrote on his tweet,
“Anu toooooooo????? Pakiexplain po? Saklolo naman po dyan Yorme!!!! Sa aking pagkakaalam LGBTQIA++ firendly ang Maynila at si Yorme. Beke nemeenn!!”
“Saklolo Yorme @IskoMoreno !!!!”
In celebration of the #PRIDE month, members and allies of the LGBTQIA + community held a rally in Mendiola, Manila. Aside from the yearly celebration of #PRIDE month, the protest that happens also aimed to extend their opposition to the Anti-Terror Bill and condemning other governmental acts.
But, even though they are protesting, they still ensure that they are following quarantine protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a face mask.
However, they were surprised that riot police suddenly came to them and arrested the protesters. According to them, the policemen arrested them without giving any reason why they arrested them.
One protester said,
“Hanggang ngayon ay wala pang sinasabi sa amin kung ano ba talaga ang nilabag namin.”
Meanwhile, Vice is not the only celebrity who boldly expressed his disappointment with what had happened.
Even Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray also released her statement and questioned the policemen for arresting the protesters.
“Is this the new normal? Earlier today a peaceful #PRIDE rally held in Manila where mas wearing participants practicing social distancing were met by police in riot gear and arrested. When questioned by the witnesses and media about the reason or violation for arrest, the police gave no response.
“If proper health guidelines were being followed, (social distancing, mask wearing) why the use of force? Why the withholding of rights (witnesses said they were not read their miranda rights before arrest nor given reason of arrest)? Videos circulating online confirm this.
“We have the right to raise our voice. Pride, since the beginning has been a protest. Now is the time to speak up. #FREEPRIDE20 #PRIDE20”
The 20 individuals who were arrested by the police are currently in the custody of Manila City Police. They insist on the violation made by the protesters, such as lack of permit and more.
What can you say about this? Do you think that the LGBTQIA community has no violations? Kindly share your comments, reactions, and thoughts with us.
Anu tooooooooo????? Pakiexplain po? Saklolo naman po dyan Yorme!!!! Sa aking pagkakaalam LGBTQIA+ friendly ang Maynila at si Yorme. Beke nemeenn!!! https://t.co/OiyPsZjX4e
— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) June 26, 2020