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Manila police rolls off mobile library with teacher-cops for street children

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Members of the Philippine National Police teaching the street children in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Cops in Manila have taken turns gathering street children along Roxas Boulevard not to arrest them but to give them books to read.

Street children are prone to street crimes and their vulnerability are being corrupted at an early age if without proper guidance.

They spend most of their time loitering in parks or along the roads begging for alms.

Nineteen-year-old Lhera recalled how she became accustomed to doing things which she shouldn’t have been doing at a young age.

Due to lack of proper guidance, they just did what they thought was good but was in fact doing things that are against the law.

“Dati po nagnanakaw, nagso-solvent. Nanghahablot po kapag hindi kami binigyan. Pero dahil po sa mga guro naming pulis, nagbago po kami,” Lhera said.

That’s why personnel from the Manila Police District (MPD) launched the mobile library project dubbed as “Pulis na, Teacher pa” program to help street children and out-of-school-youth like Lhera to learn basic academic lessons, good manners and right conduct as well as personal hygiene.

The mobile library regularly parks along Roxas Boulevard every Wednesdays and Fridays.

It is equipped with a wide variety of books collected from private donations. It has audio-visual aids which are effective tools to catch the interests of children.

“Ang magiging subject for the day namin ngayon ay ipapakita ng volunteer teacher namin kung sino ang mga bayani natin. Basic at ang parts of the body at ang mga kinds of job na gusto nilang marating balang araw,” explained one of teacher-cops SPO1 Dennis Bendo.

This gesture by policemen is very much appreciated by the parents of street children in the area because they see how their children learn good things and moral values through the project.

“Malaking tulong po kasi nakakalimutan nila ang mga bisyo nila. Kadalasan kasi ang mga bata ay nagbibisyo sila. Hawa-hawa katulad ng pagso-solvent, nagpupuyat sa gabi. Hindi katulad ngayon maaga pa lang naghihintay na sila,” said Jocelyn, one of the parents.

According to the proponent of the project District Mobile Force Battalion Chief PSupt. Rex Arvin Malimban, their mobile library has just debuted on October 24 and he wishes it to be part of a regular program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to save the street children from becoming liabilities in the society.

“Nag-ugat po ito doon sa mga issue ng mga kabataan na nagba-viral. Umaakyat sa jeep, nang-i- snatch. Kapag nakukuha natin ang mga kabataan, majority are minors so syempre isinu-surrender natin sa DWSD. After ilang (araw) minsan within a day, ibabalik sa pamilya nila o sa barangay nila. So paulit ulit lang ang process. So nag-isip kami ng paraan kung paano kami makaka interact sa kanila,” Malimban explained.

The PNP leadership, meanwhile, is in support of the project. In fact, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is keen on launching mobile libraries and teacher-cops in different parts of the country.

“Puwedeng gayahin ng iba iyan. That’s one good practice para makatulong diyan sa mga batang nasa streets lang at wala silang kakayahan o their parents na papuntahin sa mga schools, At least, para makatulong man lang tayo sa mga kabataan. Kung pwede natin magawa iyan sa Mindanao ay gagawin natin,” Albayalde concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

A PNP patrol car turned into a mini library



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One suspect in Binondo bank robbery possibly posed as security supervisor – MPD

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Suspects in the robbery of Metrobak Binondo branch

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities are now investigating the bank robbery incident that happened along Sto. Cristo Street in Binondo on Thursday morning (July 11).

Based on the CCTV footage recovered from a nearby barangay hall, two men were seen waiting outside the Metrobank Binondo branch.

When the door opened, the two rushed to get in then three other men followed.

Authorities wondered why the bank employee allowed the two men to enter the bank when it was still minutes earlier than the regular banking hour of 9:00 a.m.

Aside from the five men inside the bank, two others who were on motorbikes served as lookouts nearby.

Authorities were able to report the incident at 9:18 a.m. but the bank management only allowed the investigators to enter the bank premises two hours after.

“Pagdating lang ni Mayor saka lang pinapasok. Noong kinausap na ni Mayor ‘yung branch manager at saka ‘yung chief security ng Metrobank, 2 hours, (They allowed (the police) only when Mayor (Isko) arrived, only when Mayor Isko talked to the branch manager and the security chief of Metrobank, that was two hours after,)” explained Cesar Chavez, Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso’s chief of staff.

The bank management argued that such decision of not allowing investigators to just go in was in compliance with the protocol imposed by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

“Ang nakakapagtaka diyan is bakit nakapasok sila before banking hours. Number two, iyong mga nakapasok alam nila kung saan kukunin ang CCTV footages, (What’s suspicious is why they (robbers) were able to enter earlier than banking hours. Number two, the robbers know where to get the CCTV footages,)” noted BGen. Vicente Danao, Chie of the Manila Police District.

According to MPD, one of the suspects possibly disguised as security supervisor so he was allowed entry into the bank.

The suspects are still at large but the MPD confirmed that they already identified persons of interest in relation to the case.

Mayor Domagoso announced earlier P1-M bounty for the immediate capture of the culprits.

“Ako po ay nagbibigay ng isang milyong piso sa sinoman makapagbibigay ng impormasyon para mahuli ito. Pito kayo diba? Tsutsu niyo na ‘yung anim, may isang milyon ka pa, (I am giving P1 million to who ever has information about them. There are seven of you. Speak of the other six and I give you one million),” Domagoso said enticing the suspects of the reward money.

Meanwhile, the Metrobank management condemned the incident while it assured that no one among its employees and clients was hurt.

“Metrobank condemns the robbery at our Sto. Cristo branch in Manila earlier today. No clients were affected by the act and all Metrobankers are safe,” the bank’s management in a statement said.

“We will be working closely with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are apprehended,” the statement read further. – with details from April Cenedoza

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LIST: Road closures for PH Independence Day on June 12

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Traffic Enforcement Unit on Tuesday announced it will implement road closure and rerouting of vehicles in some parts of Manila on June 12 for the celebration of the country’s 121st Independence Day.

In an advisory, the MPD said the following roads will be closed on Wednesday beginning at 5 a.m.:

  • North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from Katigbak drive to Pres. Quirino Avenue
  • North and southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard from TM Kalaw Avenue to Pres. Quirino Avenue

Authorities also advised motorists on the following traffic rerouting schemes:

  • All light vehicles traveling along Bonifacio Drive intending to utilize the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn left at P. Burgos, turn right to Ma. Orosa, or go straight to Finance Road to point of destination
  • Motorists from the westbound of Kalaw Ave. intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn left to MH Del Pilar to point of destination.
  • All light vehicles intending to use the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn right Pres. Quirino to point of destination.

From 5:00 a.m. onwards, trucks will also not be allowed to enter Roxas Boulevard from the following roads:

  • Corner of Pres. Quirino Avenue to Katigbak Drive
  • Bonifacio Drive from Anda Circle to Katigbak Drive
  • President Quirino Avenue Extension (Plaza Dilao)

All trucks traveling along Bonifacio Drive, intending to use the southbound lane of Roxas Boulevard, should take the roundabout of Anda Circle going northbound to R10, turn right to Capulong, and take the south truck route to point of destination.

Trucks intending to traverse the northbound lane of Roxas Blvd. should turn right to Pres. Quirino Avenue to point of destination.

While trucks that are going to ply the Pres. Quirino Avenue Extension to UN Avenue should go straight to Pres Quirino Avenue to Nagtahan to point of destination.

Use of aerial drones over the vicinity of the event areas and the United States Embassy is prohibited, the MPD said.

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Notorious drug pusher, 3 others arrested in Manila drug bust

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Four men were arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Manila Police District in Paras Street, Pandacan, Manila around 9pm Wednesday.

Target of the operation was 18-year old Reynaldo Punzalan, a suspected drug pusher and resident of the area.

According to Police Senior Inspector Pidencio Saballo,Jr., a neighbor tipped the Pandacan Police Station that Punzalan was selling shabu in their area.

“Notorious na tulak daw po ito kasi ang tatay, ang nanay nito, kasalukuyang nakakulong at siya ay inirereklamo palagi ‘nung mga kapitbahay niya. So, siguro, itong kaptibahay niya, hindi na nakatiis. Nagsumbong na sa atin through text message,” PSInsp. Saballo said

(He is a notorious pusher whose parents are both in jail. His neighbors are always complaining about him. Maybe they got fed up and decided to text us.)

Authorities immediately arrested Punzalan after a poseur-buyer was able to purchase shabu from the suspect, .

Three other men who are believed to be customers of the suspect were also arrested.

Twelve sachets of suspected shabu were seized from the suspects.

Punzalan admitted to selling shabu which he said he sources from an alias Obet and alias Orlan — both residents of Mandaluyong City.

PSInsp. Saballo explained, “Ang area nila, dito sa Kahilong sa Pandacan. Marami silang parokyano. Malakas din silang makaubos ng shabu sa isang araw. Minsan, nakaka-order siya sa kinukuhanan niya ng dalawang beses sa isang araw.”

(Their area is in Kahilong, Pandacan where they have lots of customers. They can finish selling everything in one day. At times, they have to order from their supplier twice in one day.)

A follow-up operation is now being conducted by the authorities to pursue other contacts of Punzalan in the operation.

The arrested suspects are currently in the custody of MPD Station 10 and will face charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. — Asher Cadapan, Jr.

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