Bzzzzz: Sound cannon is here, used on protesters during ASEAN

IT was apparently the first time the sound cannon was used in the country or noticed by those who suffered from the sonic weapon.

The New York police used the equipment last June in Manhattan although they bought two units for the Republican national convention held in New York in 2004. It first drew headlines in the U.S. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to repel protesters during the G20 summit in 2009.

After the Asean summit this week, Manila militant activists complained against the use of the weapon.

It’s called LRAD or long-range acoustic device. Also referred to as sound cannon equivalent to a fire hose or a noise flamethrower.

Its purpose is to subdue attack by unleashing a high-pitched noise like a car alarm. A sonic weapon, it hurts the ear and causes pain.

‘Ronald meets Donald’

That’s how PNP chief Donald de la Rosa branded his meeting with President Donald Trump at the Asean summit in Manila. Somehow, Bato managed to meet and talk with Trump and have a photo with him to prove it. When asked what Trump said to him, Bato played coy, saying it might anger the leftists. But he wasn’t shy enough not to post the photo on social media. After all, he has had his eyes on a Senate seat for some time now.

PCOO execs love Justin

While government officials, notably from the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO), were “fawning” over Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as if he were a rock star, President Duterte was nursing an “insult” from an earlier meeting with the young leader.

PCOO officials, including its chief Martin Andanar and Asst. Secretary Mocha Uson, waited for Trudeau’s press-con at the Asean International Media Center, obviously not just to do their job but to behave like fans. It wasn’t reported that they squealed with the others but one PCOO official was seen taking the glass Trudeau drank from while he was at the podium. She shared the glass for her colleagues to take photos with.

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