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

Marje Pelayo   •   July 11, 2019   •   2485

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

NCRPO confirms first COVID-19 case in Manila Police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 24, 2020

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (March 24) confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manila Police District (MPD).

In a statement, the NCRPO said the first confirmed COVID-19 case was considered as person under investigation (PUI) last March 17.

NCRPO Chief PMGen. Debold Sinas immediately ordered to disinfect and decontaminate the station where the confirmed case was assigned.

“As soon as the decontamination takes place, other police officers will take over the duties and responsibilities of the station while the colleagues are considered PUIs,” Sinas said.

Sinas also said they are already conducting contact tracing of those who had contact with the NCRPO patient.

“We will advise them for home quarantine until March 28,” he said.

“We are also human beings susceptible to COVID-19. And as law enforcers, we are facing higher risks of exposure to this pathogen as part of our pledge to serve and protect our fellowmen,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Mayor Isko orders raid of ‘Recto University’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team raided the Recto area where fake documents are being produced.

The area, known as ‘Recto University,’ was popular for its open business of forging fake government documents and identification cards.

Authorities ransacked all stalls even those that were closed at the moment of the raid.

They searched the entire area even the residential houses near stalls alleged as operating such illegal business.

The operation is in line with the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso to track the offenders of the law across the city, especially after the Mayor found out that even the city government’s official receipt is being faked.

Several machines use to replicate school diplomas, birth certificates, transcript of records, driver’s license, firearms license, marriage certificates and NBI clearance among others.

Operatives also seized piles of printed fake documents during the search.

Domagoso expressed dismay over the incident and to the barangay officials who were supposed to manage the Recto area.

“Sa susunod na may gumawa ng fake ID, fake na diploma, lahat ng uri ng fake na imprenta sa baranggay mo, kasama ka na sa kaso (The next time somebody in your area of responsibility produces fake ID, fake diploma, all kinds of fake documents, you will be involved in the charges),” the city Mayor warned barangay officials.

Domagoso further expressed anger towards members of Manila Police who act as protectors of printing shops producing fake documents along Recto Avenue.

“Dinoble na ng pangulo ng bansa ang sweldo nyo. May mga allowance pa kayo sa siyudad. Ibinibigay kung ano ang dapat sa inyo (The President already doubled your salary. You also receive allowances from the city government. You are even provided of what you deserve),” Domagoso said.

The Mayor warns rogue policemen to rectify their actions, otherwise, suffer the consequences.

“Kapag hindi kayo tumigil , ang susunod kung i-re-raid ang presinto (If you don’t shape up, I will raid police stations next),” Mayor Isko said.

“Poposasan ko kayo sa mata ng publiko na kung saan ikahihiya ninyo habang buhay. Kahit pamilya ninyo (I will put handcuffs on you and I will embarrass you which you will remember for the rest of your life. Even by your family) you will be disowned,” he added.

The city mayor is determined to curb the illegal operations of the so-called ‘Recto University’ in Manila.

In November, six persons were arrested in an entrapment operation by MPD-SMART on the act of producing fake ID cards of persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

Dialogue with Panday Sining a waste of time — Mayor Isko

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A resolute Mayor Isko Domagoso has turned down the request for dialogue of Panday Sining even after the activist group apologized for vandalizing the newly painted walls of Lagusnilad Underpass.

The group claimed what they did was not a form of vandalism but an art of expressing their sentiments against the government for allegedly suppressing their freedom.

They argued that last year, they launched a program called ‘graffiesta’ which encourages the public to express their sentiments through writing in public spaces just like what they did in Lagusnilad Underpass.

Panday Sining believes Mayor Isko shares the same goal of lasting peace in the city thus they are asking for an audience with him, which Domagoso deliberately turned down.

“Para ano? Para ubusin ko ang oras ko imbis na bigyan ko ng atensyon ang ibang mahahalagang bagay na kakailanganin ng taong bayan?,” the Mayor said in annoyance.

(For what? To waste my time instead of attending to important matters that the people need?)

“Pinakialaman ko ba sila sa karapatan nila? Hindi. Malaya kayo sa Maynila. Pero wala kayong karapatan na babuyin kami sa Maynila,” he added.

(Did I suppress their rights? No. You are free to explore Manila. But you don’t have the right to mess us up here in Manila.)

Domogoso expressed anger over the group’s waste of public funds because the local government needed to repaint the walls with the money allotted for medicine and the city’s housing project for the poor.

The Mayor is determined to file charges against anyone who will follow what the militant group did in vandalizing the walls of Manila. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)


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