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Davao tops cities with most number of rape cases in Q2

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Crime rate in the Philippines may have gone down by 20 percent in two years that President Rodrigo Duterte has been in office, but his hometown Davao City recorded the highest number of rape cases in the second quarter of 2018.

Based on the records of PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Davao tops the list with 42 cases.

A close second is Quezon City with 41 cases followed by Manila with 32, Cagayan de Oro, 24 and Zamboanga with 21 cases.

PNP spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana suggested that LGUs should look into possible causes for the high incidence of rape in their respective areas and to note where the crime occurred.

He added that the number of rape cases committed outside the home has actually gone down.

“You cannot police the dwellings… usually, rape cases are being committed by people who are actually known to the victim,” Durana said.

In such cases, police intervention is not the solution. What may help, he said, are gender sensitivity and family values that promote respect for women. —  Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Woman in QC runs half naked into street to escape rapists

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

 

A rape victims runs toward police after escaping her assailants | QCPD Station 6

 

Police were patrolling Payatas Road, Thursday at dawn when they came across a half-naked woman shouting frantically for help.

The policemen quickly responded and learned that the woman was running away from her rapists.

The victim narrated that she was walking along Madjaas Road when two men blocked her way and declared a holdup.

With no cash to give, the victim begged her assailants.

“Nakikiusap ako dun sa dalawang lalake wala po akong pera. Sabi ko, ‘Kahit gadget wala akong pera mahirap lang po ako.’ Sabi ko sa kanila lumayas lang po ako sa amin wala po akong kapera pera (I pleaded with the two men. I said to them, “I don’t have money, not even a gadget. I’m poor.” I ran away from home, I have no money with me).

But she said the suspects were not really after money all along.

One of the men pointed a gun at her and forced her to board the motorcycle; injuring her leg in the process.

A man happened to witness the scene and quickly reported the abduction to authorities.

“May tumawag na concerned citizen sa PCP 5 then agad nagresponde yung mga kapulisan natin dahil nagsasagawa sila ng checkpoint sa bandang unahan sa Narra Street (Police personnel who were manning a checkpoint in Narra Street promptly responded after a concerned citizen called PCP 5 ),” Station 6 Commander PSupt. Joel Villanueva said.

 

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Police located the suspects hiding in a dark, grassy area where the victim was dragged to earlier.

An encounter erupted shortly which resulted in the death of the two alleged rapists.

PCP 5 Commander PCInsp. Alfonso Saligumba recalled the scene: “So bumaba kami chineck namin pinasok namin yung area ng Legazpi Street Group 5 o Payatas. Yung nga pinutukan kami ng mga suspek, nagretaliate kami at napatay namin sila (We checked the area of Legazpi Street Group 5 or Payatas. The suspects suddenly fired at us and we retaliated until they were killed).”

Two .38 caliber firearms were recovered from the suspects.

Batasan Police Station encourages the public to call them at 931-7870 for emergency situations. —  Reynante Ponte

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Stranded passengers depart after bird strike in Davao airport

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Following the unexpected bird strike on Wednesday (August 29), all 183 passengers of Philippine Airlines Flight PR 814 departed the Davao City Airport in the morning of Thursday (August 30).

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Davao said they were properly assisted for flight rebooking and transfer.

Meanwhile, the damaged aircraft will undergo repair, according to CAAP Davao Manager Agnes Undang.

“Nagpadala ang PAL galing Manila ng mag-check at mag-repair. Iyong mga pasahero nakalipad na. Iyong ibang nagmamadali pinasakay sa Cebu Pacific. Ang mga naiwan ini-accommodate sa next flight,” she explained.

Meanwhile, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) explained that a bird strike is common during take-off and landing phases but there is no reason to panic unless it is a swarm of birds because an aircraft is capable of flying with only one engine working.

At Davao City Airport, the situation remains normal despite the incident.

“Kung makikita ninyo sa flight monitor natin wala namang mga delayed so naging normal naman ang flight operations natin so business as usual,” said PCI Ronnel Tesorero, Chief of Davao Airport Police.

Though it will undergo repair, airport authorities couldn’t tell yet as to when will the damaged aircraft fly back to Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dianne Ventura)

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Phil Tram Company eyes PH’s first virtual train in Davao City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The Phil Tram Company plans to adopt a virtual train system similar to that of China.

A virtual train is an electrically-powered train that runs on a virtual track. Its seating capacity can accommodate up to 300 passengers and it uses hydrogen fuel cells to minimize pollution.

“It moves like a train but it’s like 3 or more buses combined together and it carries about 300 people at one setting for 3 couches and then it runs averagely 40-50 km/hr maximum of 70 km/hr,” said the company’s chief relation officer, Cerwin Eviota.

The entire massive transportation system costs around P6 billion to P8 billion.

The company wants its debut in Davao City.

“This is the home of our president. It is but fit that the model would come from his city,” Eviota said.

The Phil Tram Company is now coordinating with the local government of Davao City for the conduct of a three to six months feasibility study for the construction of the virtual train in the city. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montante)

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