It is illegal for policemen to confiscate protest materials, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
“The police may seize these materials as part of the evidence for a possible prosecution for the offense of inciting to sedition,” Guevarra said.
“Otherwise, if the contents merely express a position on public issues, such as one’s stand against the ATA (Anti-Terrorism Act), written on placards or streamers, the same constitute a lawful exercise of one’s freedom of speech or expression protected by the constitution,” he pointed out.
Guevarra made the comment after learning that on Monday (July 27) policemen have been seizing protest materials from individuals.
Prior this, National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas declared that “’Pag may ilalabas na placard, automatic huli sila.”