Four Protesters Chain Selves to Table at Philippines Consulate
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Four Filipinos seeking the return of their passports so they can go to their homeland and vote for the opposition candidate in the upcoming presidential election chained themselves to a table in the Philippines consulate and were arrested Monday.
Police used bolt cutters to break the chains used by the protesters, who were released after being held briefly.
No charges were filed against the four, who identified themselves as Danny Lamila, Eric Furbeyre, Ellie Swing and Andrea Aquino Luna, said Officer Mary Carbunoc.
The consulate took the protesters’ passports two years ago after the documents were submitted for renewal, Lamila said.
A consular official offered the four documents allowing them to apply for new passports and to return to the Philippines, but the protesters refused.
″The travel document is a one-way ticket,″ Furbeyre said.
The protesters said they want to vote for Corazon Aquino, who is running against incumbent President Ferdinand Marcos. The election is scheduled for Feb. 7.