Jason Faustino

2 Manila cops arrested for ‘extortion’

Two Manila policemen were arrested Thursday morning for allegedly extorting P50,000 from four individuals whom they arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Members of the Philippine National Police-Counter Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF) raided the Manila Police District (MPD) Special Operations Unit and arrested Police Officer 1 (PO1) MJ Cerilla and PO1 Erdie Bautista based on the complaint filed by one of the relatives of those arrested. The cops were immediately handcuffed by members of the PNP-CITF along with the “striker” which they believed was part of their operations. MPD Director Rolando Anduyan said he ordered the CITF to immediately conduct the raid after one of the relatives complained to the police. At first, they reportedly asked for P100,000 but later reduced the demand to P50,000. The “payoff” was made and Bautista took the marked money. The four other members of the MPD District Operations Unit are also being investigated. Meanwhile, the chief of police of the unit was relieved. He claimed that the operation was legal and they have complete documents.

‘Inday’ strengthens ‘habagat’

Weather forecasters said Tropical Storm “Inday’ has slowed down and is almost stationary, which can mean there might be a renewed enhanced habagat or southwest monsoon. This may bring anew heavy rains over large parts of the country, particularly in Luzon. Several areas in Luzon have suspended classes due to the floodwaters and some areas being still submerged. Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that strengthened by Inday, the habagat is expected to dump occasional heavy rains over Ilocos and the Cordillera regions, Bataan, Zambales and Batanes provinces and the Babuyan islands. Weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin said occasional rains are also expected over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, while Visayas and Mindanao will experience fair weather that may be marred by localized thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening. “Inday,” packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and 80 kph gusts, will stay in the Philippine Area of Responsibility until Saturday if it remains “almost stationary,” Bulquerin said. The center of Inday is located at 840 km east of Basco, Batanes. Tropical Depression “Henry” also stirred the southwest monsoon over the weekend, bringing two days of rains in the capital that equaled a third of the deluge from Tropical Storm “Ondoy” in 2009. Henry came a week after Typhoon Gardo inundated parts of Luzon and Visayas. This, as Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado reportedly placed the city under state of calamity due to widespread flooding, affecting over 60 of its barangays. Mercado said heavy rains from enhanced southwest monsoon in past days have caused flooding in 63 barangays. Some roads, including the Aguinaldo Highway, were submerged in floodwaters, turning them into virtual fishponds.

Dike breach floods Malabon

CLASSES were suspended in different areas in Luzon while many passengers of public utility vehicles were left stranded for hours due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Henry. In Barangay Dampalit, Malabon City, classes in all three schools were suspended, as the majority of the streets were flooded since the weekend. The schools are the Dampalit Integrated School, Dampalit Elementary School and the Academia. The floodwaters started to subside yesterday. The barangay hall had gutter-deep floodwaters while in other areas, the flood reached knee-deep. Barangay officials said the flooding happened over the weekend due to overflowing water from the dike caused by heavy rains and the high tide. More than 6,000 sandbags were placed on the embankment but they proved not enough to stop the overflow. Among the affected areas included Sitio Doña Juana, Sitio Rodriguez One and Two and Merville Subdivision. Aside from the said barangay, several areas, such as Abra de Ilog, Mamrubao and Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro suspended classes in all levels. Same goes with Bacoor, Rosario, Tanza and Kawit in Cavite and as well as in Mariveles, Bagac, Morong and Dinalupihan in Bataan.

Trader kidnapped

KABASALAN, Zamboanga Sibugay -- Heavily armed men wearing polcie and army uniforms kidnapped a businessman here Sunday evening. According to initial investigations, the victim, Alejandro Bation, 58, a fishpond operator, was with his two children and a member of his staff when he was kidnapped from his house in Barangay Nazareth. Six kidnappers dragged the businessman to a mini-wharf where they rode a motorized boat towards Naga and Payao. Police are now conducting a manhunt.

Girl held hostage unharmed

A 10-year-old girl was rescued from a man who held her hostage at gunpoint for three hours Sunday inside a convenience store in Cagayan de Oro. Both the hostage and the hostage-taker emerged unharmed after the incident as policemen were able to convince the suspect to surrender. However, tense moments marked the incident which started when the man who appeared high on drugs entered the mini grocery and fought with the store clerk and a guard. The suspect was able to disarm the guard. Seeing the girl inside the store, he grabbed her, wrapped the hose of a fire extinguisher around her neck and then dragged her into the storage room. The impasse dragged on for hours with a gunshot ringing out from inside the storage room at one instance. When the suspect surrendered, policemen reckoned he was either suffering from some mental illness or he was manifesting paranoia from drug use. The man, who is facing a serious illegal detention complaint, told police armed men were after him thus his decision to enter the store and hold the girl hostage.

Need PCSO medical help?

A one-stop shop catering to the needs of poor Filipinos in need of financial assistance for medical purposes was launched by the Department of Health (DoH) at its Malasakit Center at the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said a joint administrative order for the project was signed Friday by the DoH, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Duque said the Malasakit Center will enable patients to avail of government services under one roof so they can get the financial assistance they need in the shortest possible time and with the least hassle. He cited as example a patient who cannot pay the hospital bill beyond what Philhealth offers, as in the case of cancer or renal disease needing a kidney transplant. The patient’s family can ask for financial assistance from PCSO or DoH through its Medical Assistance to Indigent Patients Program. Duque said similar Malasakit Centers will be put in place in other DoH-retained hospitals in Metro Manila. Among the hospitals being eyed to have Malasakit Centers are East Avenue Medical Center and Rizal Medical Center, Duque said. Duque said having a Malasakit Center will prevent the duplication of financial assistance to the same beneficiary.

Junkie tagged in ma’s slay

A 47-year-old mother was bludgeoned to death over the weekend, allegedly by her drug-crazed son identified only by the police as “Ethan.” The horrific crime took place on a river bank in Barangay Banale in Pagadian City. According to the suspect’s father, the bloodied body of his wife was discovered by their nine-year-old daughter at the river where she was washing clothes. He narrated that before the discovery of the body, his son arrived at their home and told him that his mother was at the river doing the laundry. It was then that the father sent the girl to bring her food. Police Officer 1 Renjie Narciso, case investigator of the Pagadian City police, said the victim’s head was smashed apparently with a big rock. “Based on the investigation and on the statement of the father, no one could have possibly committed the crime except the son,” said Narciso in Filipino. The father also revealed that the son has been using drugs and rugby.

‘Green, Green, Green’ project backed by eco group

A cause-oriented organization urged yesterday the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to ensure that government projects under the P2.5 billion “Green, Green, Green” program only use paints with no added lead, a toxic chemical. Through a letter sent yesterday to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno, the EcoWaste Coalition welcomed the government program to make the country’s 145 cities “more livable, sustainable, and well connected through the development or enhancement of public open spaces.” According to the group, the “Green, Green, Green” program fits well with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on “Sustainable Cities and Communities.” It also corresponds with one of their goal targets to provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities. “As some of the projects being proposed for funding under this program may include painting or repainting jobs, we strongly suggest that the mandatory procurement and use of lead-safe paints as verified through third-party certification be included in the evaluation and approval of project proposals received from applicant cities,” said Eileen Sison, President of EcoWaste Coalition. “The use of lead-safe paints should be duly included by the DBM in the criteria for truly ‘green’ open space development or enhancement projects by our cities,” she added. Specifying the compulsory procurement and use of certified lead-safe paints will ensure that only paints with no added lead will be used to decorate fences and gates, playground equipment, tables, chairs and benches, recreational facilities, signages, structures, particularly in parks and plazas where children often go for rest and leisure, the group said. The group said that such a requirement will be in sync with DENR A.O. 2013-24 phasing out lead-added paints used for architectural, household and decorative applications on 31 December 2016. It will also be in line with DILG Memorandum Circular 2018-26 enjoining local government units (LGUs) to “support the phase-out of lead-containing paints and eventually reduce the hazards and risks posed by such paints to human health.”

Two dead, 4 arrested in drug fight

Two suspected drug pushers were killed while four others were arrested, including an alleged son of a former action star, in separate police operations in Pasig and Antipolo cities. The Antipolo police said the suspected drug pushers were killed in a buy-bust operation at Barangay San Jose early morning yesterday. As of press time, the police have yet to identify the suspects because they are not carrying any ID. Recovered were 10 grams of suspected shabu with a street value of P50,000 and two caliber .38 guns. The police said the suspects were last seen during a drug raid in Cainta, Rizal in May but they managed to elude arrest. In Pasig, the police arrested Jose Ma. Lapid, alias Joey, believed to be the son of former action star Jess Lapid Jr. Joey was also apprehended in a buy-bust operation along Barangay Sta. Lucia, Pasig City Monday evening together with three other cohorts, identified as Franklin Ramos, Zackaria Bansil and Xavier Allan Raymundo. Police seized close to two kilos of suspected marijuana amounting to P80,000 from the suspects. According to Pasig City police chief Senior Supt. Rizalito Gapas, they received a tip from concerned citizens about the alleged illegal activities of the suspects. “This operation is a result of improved relationships with the community that we are developing. Concerned citizens are now informing us of illegal drug activities,” he said. Gapaz added he placed the suspects under surveillance before planning the operation. In an interview, Joey denied involvement in the drug trade. “I was just asked to deliver them,” Lapid said referring to the recovered drugs. The suspects are facing charges of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
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