Glorietta, Greenbelt prohibit loud singing, gatherings and similar activities

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Two malls in Makati City have banned the distribution of merchandise, leaflets, gatherings and loud chanting from their premises.

Ayala Malls gazebo and green belt posted the same notice on their social media pages on Friday, April 29.

“To ensure that our customers’ activities remain relaxed and that normal mall operations are not hampered, promotional activities of any kind, such as the distribution of merchandise, flyers, rallies and loud chanting, are not not permitted on the mall premises,” they said.

They added that if these activities were to be carried out, prior consent should be sought from the management of each mall.

“Thank you for your cooperation,” the statement concluded.

The two malls did not mention any event or person that prompted them to issue these notices to their customers.

This development, however, came after vice presidential proponents Leni Robredo and Ferdinand Marcos Jr.., presidential candidates for the May election, met separately at the Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Drive on Thursday, April 28.

Based on photos and video from witnesses, groups of individuals dressed in pink and red gathered at the mall at the same time.

Pink is the official campaign color of Robredo while red is used by Marcos’ camp.

In a video clip shared on Twitter, there was a moment when the two groups crossed paths at the premises of the mall.

A chanting battle ensued.

Security guards could be seen trying to defuse the situation.

Rockwell Center management then assured customers that they would continue to make the mall a safe space for them.

“Although the company does not endorse any specific candidate, we encourage everyone to vote with great thought and responsibility. Just as we did earlier, our priority remains the comfort, safety and security of our guests, and we will continue to ensure this in our community,” they said in a statement.

Sally J. Minick