Female driver arrested after assaulting traffic enforcer in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 27, 2021   •   1561

MANILA, Philippines — A female driver was arrested by authorities on Thursday (May 27) after assaulting an enforcer of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB).

The police identified the driver as Pauline Mae Salamero, 26. Salamero was flagged down by traffic enforcers after she violated the traffic signal.

After witnessing the violation traffic enforcers motioned the driver to stop. However, the suspect disregarded the call and continued driving. The traffic enforcers chased the suspect until she was flagged down on Osmeña Highway corner Estrada St., Malate, Manila.

Salamero also refused to provide her driver’s license and other documents. She also refused to follow the officers the Manila Police District MPD Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT).

“When the suspect was instructed by the traffic enforcers to follow them at the impounding area the same refused to follow but instead she alighted from her vehicle and assaulted them,” according to the report.

The suspect was brought to the MPD-SMaRT for proper disposition and investigation. AAC

Mega COVID-19 field hospital sa Maynila, binuksan na

Robie de Guzman   •   June 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Handa nang tumanggap ng mga pasyenteng may COVID-19 ang bagong tayong Mega COVID-19 field hospital sa lungsod ng Maynila.

Nagsimula na ang operasyon nito noong Huwebes, Hunyo 24, kaya inaasahang mas luluwag pa ang mga ospital para sa COVID-19 patients na may mild at non-severe symptoms sa Maynila.

Kaya nitong mag-accommodate ng mahigit sa 300 pasyente. Mayroon itong embedded oxygen system, dormitoryo para sa mga health workers, administration at communication office.

Hiwalay ang comfort rooms ng mga pasyente sa healthcare workers, may automatic power system, may sariling generator, maayos ang waste water management at may intercom din para sa bawat pasyente.

Ayon sa lokal na pamahalaan ng Maynila, nasa 200 medical frontliners ang itatalaga sa field hospital.

Bukas ito hindi lamang para sa mga taga-Maynila kundi maging sa mga residente ng ibang lungsod at iba pang probinsya sa Luzon.

Ayon pa kay Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, walang dapat ipag-alala ang mga pasyenteng dadalhin sa naturang COVID-19 field hospital dahil wala silang anumang babayaran sa kanilang pagpapagamot dito.

Ibinalita rin ni Domagoso na bumaba na sa walong porsiyento ang occupancy rate sa mga ospital sa lungsod dahil sa unti-unting pagbaba ng COVID-19 cases sa NCR Plus.

“Ang pangarap natin maging COVID-19-free yung hospital para bumalik na yung tao na magpa-check up kase hindi naman number one sa death toll ang COVID eh, number 4 pa rin siya,” ani Domagoso.

“Paano magpapa-check up yung mga tao may COVID sa ospital eh. So if they will hear na some of our hospitals are covid-free because hinigop namin sila, dito na naka-concentrate na lang ang covid, gagaan ang takbo ng mga ospital,” dagdag pa niya.

Naitayo ang COVID-19 field hospital sa loob lamang ng 52 araw at aabot sa P154 milyon ang pondong inilaan para sa konstruksyon nito. –RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Janice Ingente)

Manila hospital security guard shot dead by patient

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—A security guard at Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila was shot dead by a patient on Monday (June 22).

Santa Cruz Police Station Commander P.Lt.Col. John Guiagui said the incident started when security guard Arturo Budlong Jr. accosted patient Mark Anthony Carlo Galivo for repeatedly attempting to escape from the hospital.

It escalated into an argument during which Galivo snatched Budlong’s gun and fatally shot him in the stomach.  Galivo locked himself inside the hospital’s morgue and engaged in a shootout with police.

“Iyong pasyente na naka-confine doon sa Jose Reyes Hospital at iyon nga, nangyari kasi sinasasaway niya itong huwag palaging lumalabas doon sa confinement niya,” he said.

(The patient was confined at Jose Reyes Hospital. What happened was the security guard was reminding the patient not to leave confinement.)

The patient eventually surrendered to authorities after sustaining gunshot wounds in the leg and stomach.

Barangay 428 chairman Teddy Isla said Galivo, who worked as a kagawad, is a kind man.  However, his co-workers noticed a change in his behavior during the past few days. Galivo was sent to the hospital after attempting to take his own life. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Manila City allows walk-ins in all vaccination sites

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA Philippines — The Manila City Government on Monday (June 21) now allow walk-ins in all vaccination sites.

According to Manila Public Information Office (MPIO), the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was after having a low turnout in vaccination sites. The mayor said he directed not to allow walk-ins in order to prove to critics the effect if the system would only be done through scheduling.

“I’m not a believer of scheduling but we tried it today para doon sa mga may mema, iyong  may masabi lang ang naggagaling-galingan lang (for those who just wanted to complain),” he said.

The Manila local government reported that only 4,210 doses were administered on Monday (June 21) from the 28,000 allocated doses. AAC

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