Militant groups held a protest rally on Friday, May 17 around the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, where the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), serving as the National Board of Canvassers, is tallying votes of the 2019 midterm elections.
Members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and Pwersa ng Pamayanan Para sa Voluntarismo at Reporma gathered at Ma. Guerrero St. and the corner of Vicenter Sotto St. to condemn alleged cases of electoral fraud.
They also questioned the seven-hour period from the evening of Monday, May 13, to the early morning of Tuesday, May 14, when the COMELEC transparency server stopped sending partial and unofficial election results to media organizations, and watchdogs.
Due to the rally, a portion of Jalandoni St. from World Trade Center and the portion of Vicente Sotto St. from the corner of Sofitel Hotel were closed to all forms of vehicles.
In line with the closure, traffic ensued in some parts of Macapagal Blvd and Roxas Blvd, going to the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Also people who attended the graduation ceremony of the Far Eastern University Senior High-school at the PICC had to walk in order to enter and leave the venue.
Star City, situated besides PICC will be closed for the day, and normal operations will be back tomorrow, May 18 Saturday.