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Water concession offered to new bidders

Francis Wakefield

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Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Emmanuel Salamat yesterday said they may conduct bidding for new water concessionaires that will continue water distribution in Metro Manila and nearby areas if Maynilad and Manila Water will not agree with the new contracts that will be offered by the government.

In an interview during the virtual briefing hosted by the President Communications Operations Office (PCOO) held at the New Executive Building in Malacañang Palace, Salamat said if the water concessionaries won’t agree with the new contract sans the onerous provisions, they have a backup plan in place.

“I hope not. But of course, we have backup plans on how to go about it. President Duterte has instructions on how to go about it, and we will cross the bridge when we get there,” Salamat told reporters.

“The process that we described, that is the process. We will resort to bidding and find other interested parties to bid for the new water distribution. That is what will happen, but as of now we have not talked about this yet,” he added.

When asked if the MWSS will immediately go about to the previous statement from President Rodrigo Duterte to nationalize the distribution of water in the country or conduct the bidding, Salamat said there are processes to the followed with regards to that.

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Sotto sorry over vet logo outburst

Neil Alcober

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The Pasig City government, with the cooperation of the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association, Bureau of Animal Industry and Vets Love Nature, conducted free anti-rabies vaccination, spay and neuter services to dogs and cats at RAVE Rainforest Park.

“This is a matter of public health and safety. Expect more of this in the future,” Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said.

In this regard, the mayor apologized to city officials he reprimanded due to a misunderstanding on the new logo of the City Veterinarian’s Office.

He said the new logo had the letter “V” displayed prominently, which he thought referred to his name.

“The City Veterinarian’s Office has just been reorganized, since it is important to improve veterinary services. But when I first saw the logo, I was so furious!,” Sotto said in a Facebook post.

“I thought it had a double meaning for ‘vet’ and ‘Vico.’ The whole city knows I forbid that, especially if it involves taxpayers’ money,” he explained.

The city veterinarian immediately explained to him that the logo is the symbol used for veterinary medicine worldwide.

“I Googled it, and from the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association to the one in America, that’s what they use. Just try Googling it,” Sotto said.

Just the same, he said he had the logo changed to the new one.

“It’s now even cute,” he stressed.

The mayor said residents should expect better services from the city vet, including meat inspection, and spay and neuter services for dogs and cats to ensure the health and safety of every Pasigueño.

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Shabu worth P136K seized

Paula Antolin

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Three suspects were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City with suspected shabu worth P136,000 confiscated from their possession by the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of Talipapa Police Station (PS3) under P/Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bilaro.

The suspects were identified as Analisa Alicaway, alias Abby, 38, and Joel Rosario, 23, both from Barangay Culiat in Quezon City.

An undercover operative bought from the suspects P1,200 worth of shabu at around midnight on 19 September at Barangay Culiat, leading to their arrest.

Recovered were 10 grams of suspected shabu, valued at P68,000, and the buy-bust money used in the operation.

Meanwhile, another sting saw the arrest of Perwin Persinita, 34, at around 7:30 p.m. on 18 September at Sitio Lower Barimbao, Barangay Pasong Tamo.

An agent bought P500 worth of shabu from the suspect, which resulted in his arrest.

Seized from his possession were 10 grams of suspected shabu valued at P68,000, a digital weighing scale and the buy-bust money.

The suspects will be charged with violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Moriones Top 6 most wanted nabbed

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PHOTO COURTESY OF FACEBOOK/ MORIONES-TONDO POLICE STATION NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION POLICE OFFICE

Police Station 2 (PS2) of the Manila Police District (MPD) arrested the Top 6 in their list of notorious drug pushers operating in the Moriones area of Tondo, Manila at early dawn on Saturday.

P/Lt. Col. Magno Mallora Jr., PS2 chief, identified the suspect as Christopher Otlang, 30, a resident of Kagitingan Matimtiman Street in Barangay 29, Zone II, Tondo.

He was arrested with Jasper Suico, 23, residing at Angalo Street, Binondo.

The suspects were arrested following a buy-bust operation where an agent bought from them three sachets of suspected shabu.

Seized from their possession were 8.5 grams of suspected shabu valued at P57,800.

They will be slapped with charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 at the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office

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Inmate dies while seeking medical aid

Paula Antolin

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A person deprived of liberty reportedly died as he was waiting treatment at the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH).

The detainee was identified as Reynaldo Cabanban, 32, a resident of Avocado Street, Pingkian 3, Barangay Pasong Tamo.

Cabanban was apprehended by personnel of the Talipapa Police Station on 31 August for theft.

Station commander P/Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bilaro said his men conducted a medical assessment of Cabanban on 17 September. After experiencing difficulty breathing, he was taken to Novaliches District Hospital for a checkup and treatment.

The detainee was diagnosed with pneumonia and given a medical prescription by the attending physician. However, he was immediately discharged as the hospital could no longer accommodate patients.

Instead of returning him to the station, Cabanban was brought to QCGH for further treatment.

However, he was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician at the hospital.

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Check free ride routes online

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Health workers who intend to avail of the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) Free Ride for Health Workers Program may determine the routes of the shuttle service through the Sakay.ph website at https://covid19.sakay.ph.

The routes, which cover the National Capital Region and Greater Manila Area, ferry health workers to major destinations and health institutions.

The routes are available 24/7 and follow the strict health and safety protocols mandated by the national government.

The 20 routes are: (1) Meralco (Malanday) to United Doctors Medical Center; (2) Valenzuela Gateway Complex to United Doctors Medical Center; (3) SM City San Jose del Monte to Centris; (4) SM Masinag to The Medical City Ortigas; (5) Ortigas Hospital and Healthcare Center to Rizal Medical Center; (6) MRT 3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital via MRT 3 Centris Station; (7) Pasig City General Hospital to Makati Medical Center; (7A) Medical City Ortigas to VRP Medical Center; (8) Starmall Alabang to St. Luke’s Medical Center-BGC; (9) Vista Mall Daang Hari to United Doctors Medical Center; (10) RITM to Starmall Alabang; (11) Starmall Alabang to Manila Doctors Hospital; (12) Dasmariñas Pala-Pala to Manila Doctor’s Hospital; (13) Starmall Alabang to Sea Oil Imus Daang Hari/Aguinaldo; (14) SM City Taytay to St. Luke’s Medical Center-QC; (15) SLEX Sucat Exit to Philippine General Hospital; (16) MRT-3 Cubao to Philippine General Hospital; (17) SM City San Jose del Monte to SM Fairview/Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center; (198) LRT-1 Monumento to Baclaran Market; (19) First Cabuyao Hospital and Medical Center to Starmall Alabang; and (20) SM City Masinag to Lawton.

For questions regarding routes and schedules, call the Bus Staging Area Hotlines at: Routes 1 and 2 (NW), VGC Staging Area, 0927-3806924; Routes 3 and 17 (NW), 4, 5, 14, 16 and 20 (East), 6, 7 and 7A (Central), LTO Central Staging Area, 0956-7161611, 0961-5966178; Routes 8, 10, 11 and 19 (SE), 13 (South) Starmall Alabang Staging Area, 0907-4592397; and Routes 9 and 12 (SE), 15 (South), 18 (EDSA), PITX Staging Area, 0977-7149837.

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Cops serve arrest warrants

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The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) yesterday arrested its Top 9 most wanted person.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) under P/Maj. Elmer Monsalve identified the suspect as Andres Soriano, 44, of Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches.

He had an arrest warrant for theft at the QC Metropolitan Trial Court, with bail recommended at P20,000.

Soriano was arrested at 3 p.m. on 18 September along Kamuning Road. He was listed as the district level Top 9 most wanted person by the CIDU.

Meanwhile, the CIDU arrested Carl John Pinangay, 21, from Barangay Bagong Pag-asa by the virtue of an arrest warrant.

He was arrested at 12:30 p.m. on 18 September at Puno Street, San Roque 2 in Barangay Bagong Pag-asa.

Pinangay face charges for violation of Republic Act 7610, issued by Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 78, with bail recommended at P200,000.

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Body left on QC road

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The body of an unidentified person was found along Seminary Road in Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City on Friday morning.

The man’s lifeless body was discovered at 10:15 a.m. on 18 September, but was only reported to the Talipapa Police Station at 1:40 p.m.

Authorities are now inquiring about the victim’s family or if anyone is looking for their loved one.

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Isko defends broadcast journalist

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Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has appealed to bloggers covering the events of the Manila City local government to refrain from hitting broadcaster Karen Davila in their posts.

In his Friday night state of the city address, the mayor asked the bloggers to understand the job of journalists.

“I am asking the bloggers, I implore you. Let us not stimulate hate. Karen Davila is just one of the many journalists who provide the public news stories. She is just doing her job,” Domagoso stated.

“While we appreciate your contribution to informing the people on what is happening now in the city, as we progress, we must be responsible individuals. Let us not allow hate to take root,” he continued.

“But to crucify them because they are just doing their jobs is also not ideal,” he added.

Some bloggers perceive Davila to be biased and unfair against all the effort Domagoso is doing for the city.

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Four more Taguig areas under lockdown

Alvin Murcia

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After it failed to identify the source of coronavirus disease transmission in areas in Barangay Sta. Ana, the Taguig City local government has expanded a localized quarantine to cover four more areas in the said neighborhood.

An advisory from the Taguig Safe City Task Force said areas affected by the expanded localized community quarantine (LCQ), in effect from 6 p.m., 18 September, until 30 September, are Pulong Kendi 2, Samasipat, Faculty Street and Romantic Street.

Previously, Pulong Kendi 2 and Samasipat were placed under LCQ from 8 to 23 September due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in these areas.

In a meeting on 16 and 17 September, the task force said its data has not identified the source of the transmission and clear identifiers that the spread of the disease has been controlled.

However, it did not release the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the four areas.

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