根據 SANDUGO (編按: SANDUGO 即菲律賓原住民及盧馬族人的聯盟) 等組織的領袖的敍述，正當集會準備和平解散的時候，警方突然施襲。警車屢度衝向示威人羣，警員更毆打正登上公車離去的示威者，情況令人髮指。
Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (HKCAHRPP)
20 October 2016 statement
Condemn the violent dispersal of protesting indigenous peoples
Support the rights of national minorities; bring peace to their communities
Human rights and peace activists for the Philippines are one in condemning the vicious attack perpetuated by the Manila Police against protesters from the ranks of national minorities and peoples organizations calling for an independent foreign policy for the Philippines.
The brutality of the police force, as caught on videos and pictures, is most contemptuous and showed the shallow regard of these beasts in uniforms to human rights and the search for a just peace for the country.
As narrated by leaders of SANDUGO and other organizations, the rally was about to end and peacefully disperse when the attack came. It is so abhorrent to see a police van ramming against protesters several times as well as a number of police officers beating rallyists who were already inside moving jeepneys.
Even more condemnable are the subsequent statements of the Manila police that tried to justify their atrocious actions, rewrite the events, and place the blame to the protesters who are raising legitimate grievances and are actually supporting the direction of independence in foreign relations as indicated by Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
These attacks – including the murders of a Lumad peasant leader and a Lumad youth – can very well be perceived as acts to sabotage the relatively more favorable climate for the peace negotiations that have been making strides in the past months after being stalled for years.
How can there be peace if the Philippine state’s forces continue to inflict violence against the people? Particularly, indigenous peoples have been at the receiving end of untold repression and harassment whether in their own lands and communities, or in Manila exercising their right to protest.
Since last week, thousands of indigenous peoples from the Cordilleras in the north to the Lumad and Moros in the south have converged in Manila after weeks of journey to drumbeat their issues including the pull-out of military troops from their communities, plunder of giant mining firms of the riches of their ancestral lands, and the continued oppression of their sector.
Their call for self-determination is legitimate and is their right. They do not deserve to be ran over by a police van or beaten by police truncheons.
We call for an end to impunity that has plagued the human rights situation in the Philippines for so long. An independent and transparent investigation should be conducted on the violent dispersal yesterday and perpetrators must face the consequences of their actions.
Moreover, we call for the Philippine government to consider with sincerity and immediacy the demands of the indigenous peoples especially the demilitarization of their communities.
A just and lasting peace for the Philippines is only possible if the comprehensive rights of the people including to freedom of speech and assembly are truly respected and realized.