‘Oplan Bakal’ nabs Manila City Hall employee

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2018   •   3071


MANILA, Philippines – Personnel of Manila Police District arrested a city hall employee for showing off his gun at a resto-bar in Tondo on Thursday night, June 14.

The man identified as Rodelio Reyes, 51, is currently employed as a clerk at Manila City Hall.

Police said a concerned citizen reported Reyes making a scene with his gun while on a drinking spree inside the bar. Authorities immediately launched “Oplan Bakal” (surprise anti-contraband campaign) to arrest Reyes.

“Nag-conduct kami doon sa area ng resto-bar ng Oplan Bakal kasi hindi naman alam kung sino iyong subject. So pagpunta namin doon, naaktuhan naman namin na nilalaro niya talaga iyong baril,” said PSInsp. Edwin Fuggan.

(We conducted Oplan Bakal at the resto-bar because we didn’t know who the subject was. When we got there, we caught him playing with his gun.)

Authorities confiscated Reyes’ 9mm pistol and its license. Reyes admitted being intoxicated and pulling out a gun. He will face charges for alarm and scandal, violation of the Comprehensive Law of Firearms and Ammunition, and likely an administrative case for being a government employee. – Asher Cadapan Jr.

Fire in Tondo, Manila leaves 3 dead, 2 injured

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

Fire hit a residential area in Tondo, Manila on Wednesday morning (September 11). Three are confirmed dead while two were injured.

Authorities have identified the casualties as Mara Beneza, 23, her 4-year-old son Leo Tequillo, and nephew Andrei Tequillo, 5.

Chief of the Intelligence and Investigation of Manila Fire District, Fire Inspector John Joseph said the fire reached second alarm at around 6:00 a.m. and was declared fire out before 8:00 a.m.

Authorities continue to investigate on the cause of the fire.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

MPD arrests, presents to media fixer at Universidad de Manila

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2019

Manila mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has presented to the media the alleged fixer who was caught asking money from a student in exchange for a guaranteed slot at the Universidad de Manila, a state-run university.

The 59-year-old suspect was identified as Celso Dimanlig whom the Manila Police District – Special Mayor’s Response Team arrested in Paco, Manila on Tuesday.

The parents of the incoming Grade 11 student reported to the police after the suspect asked for P11,000 from their child in exchange for a guaranteed enrolment at the Universidad de Manila.

“Ang UdM at PLM ay para lang (sa) mahihirap na bata [The UdM and the PLM are dedicated for poor children],” the angry Moreno said in front of the members of the media, adding, “itong (inaudible) ito, mahirap na nga, ginagatasan pa [and this (inaudible) person, would make these poor people his milking cow.”

Mayor Isko reminded the public that, “wala po kayong dapat bayaran para lang makapasok sa PLM at makapasok sa UdM. Libre po ‘yan [there is nothing for you to pay so you can study at PLM or UdM. They’re free].

The suspect will be facing robbery extortion and estafa cases.

Meanwhile, the mayor also presented to the media on Thursday the city’s three most wanted persons.

Two of them were suspects in robbery, while the other one is a suspect in a murder case.

Moreno enjoined those who are in Manila’s wanted list to surrender.

“Sumuko na lang po kayo at harapan ninyo sa husgado ang akusasyong inihain sa inyo [Just surrender and face the accusations filed against you before the judge.” (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Manila Police arrests 10 foreign workers in Malate bar

Robie de Guzman   •   August 29, 2019


MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police on Wednesday night arrested ten foreign nationals who were allegedly working at a bar in Malate without proper permits.

Nine Russian nationals and one Kazakhstan national were nabbed after members of the Manila Police District-Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (MPD-SMaRT) raided Sha-Sha Club along San Andres corner Adriatico Streets around 9:40 p.m.

MPD chief Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr. said they apprehended the foreigners after they were found to be working as “entertainers” at the bar without working visa.

Danao said the arrested individuals will be facing charges for violation of Article H, Section 98 (Professional Occupation Tax) and Article E, Section 138 (Health Certificate) in connection of the Section 199 in the 2013 Omnibus Revenue Code of the City of Manila.

The establishment will also be penalized for failing to comply with the necessary permits as provided for under the 2013 Omnibus Revenue Code of the City of Manila.

The foreign nationals have been brought to the MPD SMaRT office for proper disposition.


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